In conversation with Amy Bryzgel

6pm Wednesday, 1st April 2015

King’s College Conference Centre, University of Aberdeen


Feminism, Markets, Migration    View Webcast

We are pleased to welcome the prominent performance artist, Tanja Ostojić, originally from Serbia and now based in Berlin, who started to gain notoriety in the 1990s.  Often including herself as a figure within a project, she created Looking for a Husband with an EU Passport during 2000-2005, using the Internet to solicit marriage offers from men in Western Europe.  She has continued to use her work as a platform to explore themes focusing on the place of women in contemporary society, art history and the art market, and issues around migrants and refugees in the West. Working with minority groups, including Roma and Sinti, she developed the project Naked Life (2004-2011), which unwraps experiences of discrimination, racism and deportation.  Her work has been exhibited internationally, including in Europe and the Americas.  Dr. Amy Bryzgel, author of Performing the East (2013) and Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Aberdeen, will investigate with Ostojić the balance between art and activism, designing performances that intersect her lived experience with the process of creating.  This Director's Cut event will be introduced by series organizer Prof. Alan Marcus and is funded in collaboration with the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy's Aberdeen Centre for Russian and East European History, and the George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen.  An advance seminar on the work of Tanja Ostojić and other East European performance artists will be held in the History of Art Department on Wed 4th March.