Alexa Karolinski

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Alexa Karolinski
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BornBerlin, Germany

Alexa Karolinski is a German filmmaker.

Early life and education[edit]

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.[1]

Filmmaking career[edit]

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.[1] The film started as a cookbook, with Karolinski wanting to learn how to cook traditional Jewish food.[2] The cookbook was released along with the film.[3] Karolinski went on to win the Grimme Prize in 2014,[4] Germany's equivalent of the Emmys.

In 2013, Karolinski started making videos for the fashion house Eckhaus Latta.[5] These films have been shown at the Museum of Art and Design,[6] MOCA Los Angeles,[7] MoMA PS1, as well as Galerie Isabella Bortlozzi,[8] 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,[9] Paris, as well as the Castello di Rivoli Museum d'Arte Contemporanea.[10] It was also screened online on Vdrome and is now on UbuWeb.[11]

In 2017, Karolinski made the 36 minute film Fashion at War: Crafting the Nazi Brand[12] for Condé Nast's M2M.

She lives and works in Los Angeles.[2]


  1. ^ a b Smierciak, Cate. "Alexa Karolinski". Filmmaker. IFP. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b Cottrell, Claire. "Alexa Karolinski". Freunde von Freunden. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  3. ^ Small, Tim. "Everything They Cook Takes Five Hours: An Interview with Director Alexa Karolinski". the Paris Review. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  4. ^ GRIMME. "Preisträger - Grimme Preis".
  5. ^ Fedorova, Anastasiia. "making movies with eckhaus latta and alexa karolinski".
  6. ^ Duncan, Fiona. "Get to know the alien-shaped future of Eckhaus Latta".
  7. ^ Manning, Emily. "eckhaus latta to premiere 'pigeon' at moca".
  8. ^ Thadeus-Johns, Josie. "Eckhaus Latta: There Is No Target Group".
  9. ^ Perrone, Cloé. "The Commodification of Love".
  10. ^ castello Di Rivoli. "Metamorphoses – Let Everything Happen to You".
  11. ^ ubuweb. "ARMY OF LOVE".
  12. ^ M2M, Condé Naste. "Fashion at War: Crafting the Nazi Brand".

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