Tanja Ostojic’s long-time project Misplaced Women? / Missplaced Women? deals primarily with gender sensitivity in the migration context, evokes and tests the discomfort during administrative and security checks that have become part of travellers’ everyday life. The work has been conceived as both an internet-platform and a real platform in public places related to migration, which is manifested, in the first place, in a series of performances by the author herself, as well as group and delegated performances, and performance workshops, which means that, although the artist is the author of the project concept, workshop participants and other authors are invited to perform this work, based on the author’s principal idea in a given context. The initial performance includes unpacking, rummaging and detailed search of the entire content, pockets, purses, wallets, personal suitcases and bags on sites that are relevant to migration, such as: airports, train stations, Western Union Money Transfer services, police stations for foreigners who want to obtain residence permits and the like. Other authors performing this performance at authentic locations repeat similar actions that build upon the basic design of the Misplaced Women? concept, i.e. they deal with positions and experiences of people in transit, migration and exile, whose privacy is more than often violated and who are exposed to different types of violent search by border officials, having to show personal belongings and being forced to disclose facts from their own lives ...
More about this work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvLXkAtnJp4
Born in Uzice, in 1972. Graduated from the Sculpture Department of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, in 1995. Earned her master's degree in 1998. Attended the international program for postgraduate studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nantes (France), 1998-99. She continued her studies (research grant) at the University of Arts in Berlin / UdK GS Fellow from 2012 to 2014.
As an interdisciplinary artist, she actively creates and exhibits in Europe and around the world. Since 1992, she has participated in several hundred group exhibitions, video, film, performance and theatre festivals. Started individual exhibitions in 1995. A member of The Association of Visual Artists of Serbia (ULUS) since 1996. A member of the Remont founding committee. The founder of the international art groups XPONA and Art & Economics Group. Her works are represented in important international collections. She has received numerous scholarships, residencies and awards for her artistic work. In the last 20 years she has carried out a number of notable performances, among which especially worthy of mention are performances at the main exhibition of the 49th Venice Biennale (2001), the Roma Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011), the ICA Institute of Contemporary Arts in London (1999), the Performa in New York, the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, the HKW in Berlin, Kaaitheater in Brussels ...
As a visiting professor she has held lectures, workshops and seminars at major universities across Europe, North, South, and Central America.
Tanja Ostojic Publications: http://tanjaostojicshop.wordpress.com/category/books/