Mis(s)placed Women? (2009-2021) is an ongoing art project by Tanja Ostojić, Berlin based internationally renowned performance and interdisciplinary artist of Serbian origin.

Mis(s)placed Women?, is a collaborative art project, ongoing since 2009, consisting of performances, performance series, performance art workshops and delegated performances, including contributions by over 170 individuals from six continents. Many of them are artists, mainly identifying themselves as women from diverse backgrounds. Within this project, we embody and enact some of everyday-life’s activities that thematise displacement, known to migrants, refugees, and the itinerant artists traveling the world to earn their living. Those performances deal with migration issues, gender democracy, feminism, gentrification, inclusion, power relations and vulnerability, particularly concerning the female and transgender bodies, an aspect that figured prominently in the past almost three decades of my art practice. With this project, on one side, we are investigating privilege by making a distinction between working mobility, forced or desired migration, and how arbitrary laws may apply, and on the other side, exploring diverse public spaces and the invisibility of certain groups within them. In the frame of this project, in which I apply feminist emancipatory methodologies of artistic and community practices, I conducted numerous workshops globally where the participants are selected by open call. Individual and group artworks and interventions are developed and produced in this frame. The development of collaboration within the group and forming of a community are very precious processes as well as the further communication with a wide audience that we meet on the streets, and targeted audiences in the venues where presentations, exhibitions and discussions take place.  (T. Ostojić) 

Participants are invited to perform some of the Mis(s)placed Women? performance scores and to share their experiences on the web blog and during public discussions. Locations for performances suggested include migration specific places: train stations, airports, borders, underground, police stations, refugee camps, specific parks, public transport, city squares, shopping malls, etc. Contributions are posted in the form of images, notes, stories or videos to the blog of the project: https://misplacedwomen.wordpress.com/ There are over 120 blog entires published since 2009.

While contributing to one of group performances or a performance of their own, participants get an opportunity to develop sensibilities for related issues and processes, and that’s the point where important questions start to open up. The results of the workshops are as important as the processes themselves that are being documented, archived and written about by most of the participants. Sometimes very valuable contributions occur, such as ‘coming out’ by Marta Nitecka Barche of Polish origin, doctoral student from the University of Aberdeen who spent three weeks in a regular prison in the USA several years earlier because her student visa expired. She wrote about humiliation and shame she experienced in regard to this administrative problem, that has been dealt with while she was handcuffed and ankle-cuffed. Marta’s Story has been archived in the section Stories of the project web-blog.

You are invited to perform Misplaced Women? and to share your experience on the web and during public discussions. Tanja Ostojic would like to hear from anyone performing this delegated piece: Please send your contributions in the form of images, notes, texts, drawings or videos for this blog. For further guidelines please send a mail to: TanjaOstojicArt[at]gmail.com

Tanja Ostojić (*1972 Yugoslavia) is Berlin based independent performance and interdisciplinary artist and cultural activist. She includes herself as a character in performances and uses diverse media in her artistic researches, thereby examining social configurations and relations of power. She works predominantly from the migrant woman’s perspective, while political positioning and integration of the recipient define approaches in her work. Since 1994 she presented her work in numerous exhibitions, festivals and venues around the world. She has given talks, lectures, seminars and workshops at academic conferences and at art universities around Europe and in the Americas.

2012–14 Interdisciplinary fellowship at GS, UdK, University of Arts, Berlin.
1998–99 Post-graduate program at l’École Regionale des Beaux-Arts, Nantes, France
1995–98 MA, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Arts, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
1990–95 BA, Faculty of Fine Arts, Sculpture Department, Belgrade
1987–90 School of Design, Belgrade


2017   Lexicon of Tanja Ostojić, MoCAB Salon, Belgrade, Serbia.

2017 Lexicon of Tanjas Ostojić, MMSU, Kamov Studio, Rijeka, Croatia.

2016  Feminism is Politics!, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, USA
2016   Busan Biennale, Busan Museum of Art, South Korea
2016   18.Pancevo Biennale, Serbia
2016   28. Memorial Nadezde Petrovic, Galerija Nadeza Petrovic, Cacak, Serbia
2016    contesting/contexting SPORT 2016, nGbK, Berlin, Germany
2016    Homosexulität_en, LWL Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Münster, Germany
2015    HOMOSEXUALITY_IES, Deutsche Historisches Museum Berlin, Germany
2013    ECONOMY, Centre for Contemporary Art Glasgow, Scotland, UK
2012    Tanja Ostojic: Body, Politics, Agency.. Skuc gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2011     Call the Witness, Roma Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale, UNESCO, Venice, Italy
2011     GATE(WAY)S: Art and Networked Culture, KUMU Tallinn, Estonia
2009    Gender Check, MUMOK, Vienna, Austria
2008    Integration Impossible? Politics of Migration in the Artwork of Tanja Ostojić, Kunstpavillon, Innsbruck, Austria
2007    Global Feminisms, Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY, USA
2004   T. Ostojic: Salon for Body&Soul, Salon Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia
2003    Tanja Ostojic: Strategies of Success / Curator Series, La Box, Bourges, France
2002    Tanja Ostojic: Venice Diary, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia
2001    Plateau of Humankind, 49th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
1998    Manifesta 2, Musée d’Histoire de la Ville de Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Tanja Ostojic @Brooklyn Musem New York

Kulturakademie Tarabya, Istanbul

Interview in ArtMargins

PerformingBorders conversations on live art, crossings, Europe, Interview with Tanja Ostojić by Alessandra Cianetti published on June 14, 2018

Download for FREE: “Lexicon of Tanjas Ostojić and Feminism in Transition” by Bojana Videkanic, pp: 142-162 essay in English, published by Journal Sociologija.

Interview with Tanja Ostojic by Slought foundation fellow. 

Interview with Tanja Ostojić at Directors Cut, University of Aberdeen. 

Tanja Ostojić´s Books 

Performing East

Fotograf, Milevska

Naked Life 2, video.

Old homepage archives.

Tanja Ostojic, «Personal Space», 1996.

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