Tanja Deman: Abode of Vacancy
opening: Thursday 18th August . 21 – 23 h
18th – 28th August 2011. daily 21 – 22 h
Abode of Vacancy is a video work composed of a series of collaged tableau with subtle movements. They are concerned with the dream-like environments of nature and the modernist city devoid of human activity.
Throughout the whole piece traces of nature and the city are juxtaposed, creating a tension, a drama and a dialog produced in their difference. The work focuses on how we perceive our recently built legacy.
Scenes of the video were shot on around twenty locations on the coastline of Netherlands, city of Rotterdam, coastline of south Croatia and city of Split and Zagreb. The manner in which these moving images are constructed references cinematography and its relation to the still image, while exploring visual perception by means of combining flatness and deep focus, time, stillness and movement.
Abode of Vacancy aims to produce a series of affective images that evoke environments outside the conventional flow of time and definition of space.
The exhibition is curated by Darko Fritz.
Tanja Deman is a visual artist born in Split. She graduated sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in Croatia and did here MA studies in Lens-based media at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. She has been exhibiting since 2000 in Croatia and abroad. She won couple of awards for her work. Her work No 222 is part of a collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia. Recently she mainly works in the medium of photo-collages in light boxes, photography and video. Her main interest lies in the psychology of space, which she explores through the surfaces of modernist architecture, deserted landscapes and an evocation of cinematic images. Her approach to space is similar to forensic architecture, which is focused on decoding histories embedded in built environments. More info:http://www.tanja-deman.com