Early life and education
Karolinski was born in Berlin, Germany. She received her bachelor's degree in art history. She worked for Vice in Germany as an editorial assistant. She also wrote and directed pieces for Arte, featuring the work of various artists. She relocated to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts where obtained an MFA in social documentary filmmaking.
Karolinski's first major film was Oma & Bella, a documentary about her grandmother and her grandmother's friend and roommate. Both women were Holocaust survivors. The film features the two women cooking and discussing their lives. The film started as a cookbook, with Karolinski wanting to learn how to cook traditional Jewish food. The cookbook was released along with the film. Karolinski went on to win the Grimme Prize in 2014, Germany's equivalent of the Emmys.
In 2013, Karolinski started making videos for the fashion house Eckhaus Latta. These films have been shown at the Museum of Art and Design, MOCA Los Angeles, MoMA PS1, as well as Galerie Isabella Bortlozzi, in Berlin. The pieces were awarded a prize at the Diane Pernet Fashion Film Festival.
In 2016 she premiered the film Army of Love, in at the Berlin Biennale. Army of Love is an ongoing collaboration with writer/artist Ingo Niermann. Since the Berlin Biennale it has screened at the Wiesbaden Biennale (2016), MACBA, as well as the Centre Georges Pompidou’s Salon Discret, Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris, as well as the Castello di Rivoli Museum d'Arte Contemporanea. It was also screened online on Vdrome and now permanenlty lives on UbuWeb.
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