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FLOWER SMUGGLER│Diana Tamane

2017.2.18-2017.4.17

STATEMENT


It is zooming in and out. It feels like when you can’t focus your camera in the darkness. Trying to approach from different angles, not knowing how close to be or how distant.
As a basis for my photographic and video works I use autobiographical elements - memory, everyday routines and personal events. The constant measuring of the intimate distances, the exploration of the places where I belong and the questioning of my own identity are the processes that link my existence and my artistic practice. Often I am interested in what is broken or not functional, quiet tensions in the communication between people. Iuse daily events and inner conflicts as a tool to reflect on contemporary life.
Starting with tiny movements and awkward gestures I amfollowing long roads from the East to West of Europe and my family members areoften the main characters in my work. Sometimes it is my grandmother, who becomes smuggler by intending to cross Latvian/Russian border with two smallpots of flowers or it is dad, who since mid 90’ties makes frequent runs to Westto buy cars, electronics and other items to resell it in Latvia, or it is my mom, who became the truck driver after her enterprise went bankrupt severalyears ago. Often I am using vernacular photography taken by my family members exposing kitsch aesthetics of the working class, whose tastes are generally rendered insignificant by cultural elite. Through narratives of my family Iwant to show different social processes and movements of today, creating aportrait of contemporary society.



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born 1986, Riga, Latvia

lives and works in Ghent, Belgium/ Tartu, Estonia/ Riga, Latvia

Education
2015 – 2016 HISK (Higher Institute for Fine Arts), Ghent, Belgium (Post-academic)
2013 – 2014 LUCA School of Arts,Brussels, Belgium (MA)
2006 – 2012 Tartu Art College,Estonia (BA)

Solo exhibitions
2016 (Upcoming-December)Message: 147 of 494, Kim?Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, Latvia
2015 Typology of Touch, (Curator: Peeeter Talvistu) Tartu Art House,Estonia
2014 You can't have me for real, Showcase at Recyclart Art Center,Brussels
2013 From my family album II , Y galerii, Tartu, Estonia
2012 From my family album, Y galerii, Tartu, Estonia

Group exhibitions
2017
(Upcoming-march) My City, My Studio / My City, My Life (Curator: Philippe Van Cauteren), Kathmandu Trienniale, Nepal
2016
The Empty Fox Hole (Curator: Philippe Van Cauteren), HISK,Ghent, Belgium
Promised Light (Curator: Tanel Rander), Tartu Art House,Tartu, Estonia
Tallers Oberts Poblenou, Hangar, Barcelona, Spain
Coming People 2016, S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium
HISK Open Studios, HISK, Ghent
The moving image: HISK, De studio, Antwerp
Wide angle II ,Tartu Art Museum, Estonia
Väljavaade/sissevaade, Gallery Noorus, Tartu, Estonia
2015
The Silent Dimension (Curator: Filip Luyckx) Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid,Leuven, Belgium
And no matter that the phone is ringing, 6th Moscow Biennale ofContemporary Art, Project Fabrika, Moscow, Russia
HISK Open Studios, HISK, Ghent, Belgium
HISK artist 2015, Art Brussels, Belgium

FLOWER SMUGGLER│Diana Tamane

2017.2.18-2017.4.17

STATEMENT


It is zooming in and out. It feels like when you can’t focus your camera in the darkness. Trying to approach from different angles, not knowing how close to be or how distant.
As a basis for my photographic and video works I use autobiographical elements - memory, everyday routines and personal events. The constant measuring of the intimate distances, the exploration of the places where I belong and the questioning of my own identity are the processes that link my existence and my artistic practice. Often I am interested in what is broken or not functional, quiet tensions in the communication between people. Iuse daily events and inner conflicts as a tool to reflect on contemporary life.
Starting with tiny movements and awkward gestures I amfollowing long roads from the East to West of Europe and my family members areoften the main characters in my work. Sometimes it is my grandmother, who becomes smuggler by intending to cross Latvian/Russian border with two smallpots of flowers or it is dad, who since mid 90’ties makes frequent runs to Westto buy cars, electronics and other items to resell it in Latvia, or it is my mom, who became the truck driver after her enterprise went bankrupt severalyears ago. Often I am using vernacular photography taken by my family members exposing kitsch aesthetics of the working class, whose tastes are generally rendered insignificant by cultural elite. Through narratives of my family Iwant to show different social processes and movements of today, creating aportrait of contemporary society.



CV


born 1986, Riga, Latvia

lives and works in Ghent, Belgium/ Tartu, Estonia/ Riga, Latvia

Education
2015 – 2016 HISK (Higher Institute for Fine Arts), Ghent, Belgium (Post-academic)
2013 – 2014 LUCA School of Arts,Brussels, Belgium (MA)
2006 – 2012 Tartu Art College,Estonia (BA)

Solo exhibitions
2016 (Upcoming-December)Message: 147 of 494, Kim?Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, Latvia
2015 Typology of Touch, (Curator: Peeeter Talvistu) Tartu Art House,Estonia
2014 You can't have me for real, Showcase at Recyclart Art Center,Brussels
2013 From my family album II , Y galerii, Tartu, Estonia
2012 From my family album, Y galerii, Tartu, Estonia

Group exhibitions
2017
(Upcoming-march) My City, My Studio / My City, My Life (Curator: Philippe Van Cauteren), Kathmandu Trienniale, Nepal
2016
The Empty Fox Hole (Curator: Philippe Van Cauteren), HISK,Ghent, Belgium
Promised Light (Curator: Tanel Rander), Tartu Art House,Tartu, Estonia
Tallers Oberts Poblenou, Hangar, Barcelona, Spain
Coming People 2016, S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium
HISK Open Studios, HISK, Ghent
The moving image: HISK, De studio, Antwerp
Wide angle II ,Tartu Art Museum, Estonia
Väljavaade/sissevaade, Gallery Noorus, Tartu, Estonia
2015
The Silent Dimension (Curator: Filip Luyckx) Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid,Leuven, Belgium
And no matter that the phone is ringing, 6th Moscow Biennale ofContemporary Art, Project Fabrika, Moscow, Russia
HISK Open Studios, HISK, Ghent, Belgium
HISK artist 2015, Art Brussels, Belgium
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