Ola Lanko studied sociology at National University in Kiev, photography at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague and Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. In 2012 she graduated at the photography department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy.
For her graduation work Ola Lanko was awarded the Steenbergen Stipendium, an acknowledged annual prize for photography graduates. In 2013 she received New talent Photography award.
Since 2010 Lanko constantly participates in various exhibitions and works on her projects. Her work was shown in numerous art institutions such as FOAM, Nederlands Fotomuseum and Musée de l’Elysée. In 2015 she was an artist in residency at WILES Contemporary art canter in Brussels. Besides her artistic practice Ola teaches photography in Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague and is a guest tutor at several academies in The Netherlands and Belgium.
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