Ulrika Ferm studied at the University of Art and Design as well as at the University of Fine Arts Berlin and has since refined a conceptual approach to often site-specific projects which involve a lot of in-depth research. These studies often tackle historical and socio-political topics while creating conceptual underpinnings for her artworks. She works with photography, installation, video and drawing. One of her most prominent works, Emergency Weather (2008) exemplifies this multilayered, archive based, process-oriented work cycle. Developed during an artist residency in Dublin and later shown in Dazibao, Montreal and in Helsinki. A follow up project made the theme of weather an ongoing long-term interest.
Ulrika Ferm has held solo shows since 1998 and has been part of numerous group shows and biennials. Ulrika has received considerable grants, prices and nominations. In 2002 she won the Young Finnish artist of the year award, (Tampere Museum) in 2009 she published the book Emergency Weather with Dazibao. In addition to her art projects Ulrika Ferm belongs to an artist collective that runs a renown project space and residency program called Platform in Vaasa. In summer 2013 she was appointed professor for Site and Situation Specific Art at the Finnish Academy for Fine Arts, Helsinki.