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“MISPLACED WOMEN?” Installation is on the exhibit at the “What Makes Another World Possible?” Curated by Corina Apostol, at the Tallinn Art Hall, September 18—December 5, 2021.

In Exhibitions, News on October 30, 2021 at 1:52 pm

What Makes Another World Possible?” (18.09–05.12.2021) curated by Corina Apostol looks at socially engaged art in the last decade and the role of art in social and political struggles. The exhibited works provide an overview of how art has been used as a tool for shaping society in the last decade.

The exhibition includes works by: Alina Bliumis, Zach Blas, Chto Delat?, Vala T. Foltyn, Núria Güell, Sandra Kosorotova, Kristina Norman, Daniela Ortiz, Tanja Ostojić, Lia Perjovschi, Dan Perjovschi, Dushko Petrovich, Urmas Viik and Ala Younis.

Tanja Ostojic: Misplaced Women?, installation view, What Makes Another World Possible?, TAH, Estonia, 2021. Photo: Tanja Ostojic

Corina L. Apostol, the curator of the exhibition, remarks that when compiling the exhibition she was guided by the belief that artists contribute to some of the most crucial debates of our times and that their voices are significant in shaping society and imagining how it could be different. “The work of the artists in this exhibition brings together the various facets of art, activism and global politics,” she says. 

Corina L. Apostol is the co-author of Making Another World Possible (Routledge, Creative Time), which was published in 2019. Both the book and the exhibition examine ten global issues through the prism of socially engaged art projects, including: the militarisation of society, the proliferation of surveillance, entrenched economic inequalities, rising social movements, the displacement of peoples, cosmopolitics, anti-racism struggles, creative education in crisis, queerness and political expression, and new devices enabling political action.

“The global pandemic has only amplified many of these urgent issues, and interest in socially engaged art has grown: it has moved from the margins of the art world to being a central part of the discussion on contemporary art and politics,” Corina L. Apostol says.

On Wednesday, 27 October 6pm a panel discussion with the artists Dmitry Vilensky, Núria Güell and Tanja Ostojić in the exhibition “What Makes Another World Possible?” was organised, moderated by the exhibition curator Corina Apostol.

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Mis(s)placed Women? is an ongoing collaborative art project started in 2009, consisting of performances and performance art workshops, including contributions by over 170 individuals. 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 thematize displacement, known to migrants, refugees, and the itinerant artists traveling the world to earn their living. Those performances deal with migration issues, power relations and vulnerability, particularly concerning the female and transgender bodies, an aspect that figured prominently in 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)

Tanja Ostojić is exhibiting photos, stories, videos, signs and performance scores from the very rich “MIS(S)PLACED WOMEN?” participatory art project archives in the form of a multimedia installation.

I am grateful to all the participants of the Misplaced Women? project (2009-21) for generous contributions to the project and very pleased that all texts and videos have been translated and are exhibited in three languages: English, Russian and Estonian, and that the Misplaced Women? Installation has been set up so well. Huge thanks to Corina Apostol for her non compromising curation and to the fantastic stuff of the Tallin Art Hall (TAH). – Tanja Ostojić

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Tanja Ostojić: 

MISPLACED WOMEN?

Performance series ongoing since 2009/Project’s Archive, mixed media installation in TAH includes:

Performance Scores:

00.1. Tanja Ostojić: Score #1: Unpacking a Bag of Your Own, 2009.

00.2.  Tanja Ostojić: Score #2: Holding the Misplaced Women? Sign, 2012.

00.3. Tanja Ostojić: Misplaced Women? Sign, a photocopy on paper, 21 x 30 cm, 2019.

Videos:

  1. Tanja Ostojić:  Misplaced Women? Dedicated to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada, 60 minutes performance; performance video, 30 min 30 sec. Performed by Tanja Ostojić, on Sunday, October 16, 2016, in front of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada, in the frame of  7a*11d  international performance festival. Performance assistance: Eszter Jagica.
  1. A Poetry Intervention by Nati Canto: One Art by Elizabeth Bishop, U-Bahn line U1, Misplaced Women? Workshop Berlin, 2018. Video & photo documentation: Alice Minervini, Sajan Mani, Jiachen Xu, Evdoxia Stafylaraki. Video documentation, 2 min 27 sec.
  1. Performance by Susan Merrick: Misplaced Women?, A Translation of a Travel Diary in British Sign Language, Berlin-Gesundbrunnen Train Station,  Berlin, 2019, video, 2 min 29 sec.
  1. Misplaced Women?, delegated performance by Tanja Ostojić, Score 1/Unpacking a Bag of Your Own, performed by: Roberta Weissman Nagy, 21.11.2020, Muzil, Pula, Istria. Video 15 sec. Video-recording: Zoltan Nagy.
  2. Tan Tan: A Diary under Wuhan Lockdown, video, 1 min 27 sec. Wuhan, China, 2020.

Work on textile:

6. Marta Nitecka Barche & Tanja Ostojić: Misplaced Women? Banner

49,5 x 181,5 cm, 2016. Canvas, marker, embroidery. Used during the workshop in the public spaces in Torry neighbourhood in Aberdeen, organised as a part of the Aberdeen Festival of Politics 2016.

Photos:

6a. Kirsty Russell and Marta Nitecka Barche performing in front of the public library in Torry neighbourhood in Aberdeen, Misplaced Women? Workshop, Festival of Politics, 2016. Photo: Renée Slater.

7. Luciana Damiani: The Safe Circle, Misplaced Women? Workshop, Park am Nordbahnhof, Berlin, 2019. Photo: Tanja Ostojić.

8. Tan Tan: A Pink River, 60 min performance on “MISPLACED WOMEN?”: “Score 1 – Unpacking a Bag of Your Own”, March 8, 2018, Stadshal, Gent, Belgium, Duration: 1 hour. Photos: Okky Oki, Sara De Vuyst, Sallisa Rosa.

9. Li Fu: Doing Gender 8102.50.3*, University of Innsbruck, Misplaced Women? Project Workshop, Art in Public Space Tyrol, 2018. Photo: Daniel Jarosch. Copyright: Tanja Ostojić.

10. Rhea Ramjohn: Which colonial comfort would you like to consume today?, Misplaced Women? workshop, Tempelhoferfeld, Berlin, January 2018. Photo: Tanja Ostojić.

11. Dagmara Bilon: Misplaced Women? in the Olympic Park, London, in frame of Tanja Ostojić´s workshop, December, 2016. Photo: Aleksandar Utjesinovic.

12. Teresa Albor performing in Westfield Shopping Mall, London, December 14, 2016. 1:45-2pm. Misplaced Women? workshop London. Photo: Tanja Ostojić.

13. Monika Janulevičiūtė holding the Misplaced Women?” Sign at Vilnius International Airport, Lithuania, November 4, 2016. Photo: Tanja Ostojić.

14. Dagmara Bilon Misplaced Women? performing during refugee week 2017, Pimlico, London. Photo: Rachel Cherry.

15. Tanja Ostojić: Misplaced Women? Intervention, La Grand Escalier de la Gare du Saint Charles a Marseille, France, December 17, 2015.

16. Darija S. Radaković: Misplaced Women?, Calgary, Canada, October 5-11, 2015. Photo: Mick.

17. Tanja Ostojić: Misplaced Women?, 30 min performance at Bergen International Airport, Norway, 2011. Performed by Tanja Ostojić. Photo: Jannicke Olsen.

18. Valentina Medda: Misplaced Women?, Performa New York, 2009. Simultaneous delegated performance and

19. Tanja Ostojić:  Simultaneous performance at Berlin TXL airport, November 21, 2009, 11 p.m Performa. Photo: DNK.

20. Misplaced Women?, Performed by Mare Tralla, Vienna, MUMOK, November 10, 2009. Photo: Tanja Ostojić.

21. Misplaced Women? interventions by LADY GABY, Berlin Weißensee, 23.1.2018. in the frame of Tanja Ostojić´s Misplaced Women? workshop, January 22–24, 2018, hosted by Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz and Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee. Photo: Sajan Mani.

22 Bojana Videkanić holding the Misplaced Women? sign on the Pearson International Airport in Toronto, October, 2016, and diving into her profoundly touching memories about her initiation into the life of a refugee escaping Sarajevo siege in 1992 and her and her family life as refugees in the UK, Croatia and Canada. Photo: Tanja Ostojić

23. Misplaced Women? Workshop led by Tanja Ostojić in the frame of Telciu Summer School, Romania, 2018. Photo: Manuela Boatcă. 

24. Missplaced Women? Performed by Anaïs Clercx at Préfecture d’Aix-en-Provence / Police headquarters, city of  Aix-en-Provence, France on December 16, 2015, in the frame of “Missplaced Women?” workshop conducted by Tanja Ostojić. Photo: Tanja Ostojić.

25. Missplaced Women? performed by Tanja Ostojić at Goteborg tram station, September 4, 2015. in the frame of the LIVE ACTION 10, performance festival Goteborg. Photo: Xiao Lu.

26. Misplaced Women? Marking the City, Performed by: Pavana Reid, Mahlet Ogbe Habte, Gillian Carson, Kwestan Jamal Bawan and Karen Kipphoff, on November 2, 2011 on five locations across the city of Bergen that are particularly significant for migrants in the city: Main Train Station, Police Station, BIKS, Bergen International Art Center, Western Union Bank and in front of the Language School for Foreigners. Photos: Mariel Lødum and Karen Kipphoff. Produced by Kunsthall 3.14.

27. Missplaced Women? Performance & Migration Workshop by Tanja Ostojić in Miksalište Belgrade, October 29, 2015. Produced by Remont. Photo: Srdjan Veljović and Lidija Antonović.

28. Branko Milisković: Misplaced Man? performance, Aberdeen Airport, UK, October 29, 2015. “Misplaced Man?” sign, and the photo by Amy Bryzgel.

29. Azad Colemêrg: Misplaced Women? performance intervention. Main train station Zurich, April 2019, Misplaced Women? workshop by Tanja Ostojić. Video-still: contact zone.

30. Misplaced Women? and The Tourist Suitcase, performance by Tanja Ostojić, May 11, 2018, 30 min performance at Hauptbahnhof/main train station, Innsbruck. Art in Public Space Tyrol, Photo: Daniel Jarosch.

31.  Misplaced Women? and The Tourist Suitcase, performance by Tanja Ostojić, May 12, 2018, 60 min Performance by Tanja Ostojić at the Goldenes Dahl, Altstadt, Innsbruck. Art in Public Space Tyrol, Photo: Daniel Jarosch.

Tanja Ostojic: Misplaced Women?, installation view, What Makes Another World Possible?, TAH, Estonia, 2021. Photo: Tanja Ostojic

Related Written Stories published on the Misplaced Women? Blog:

  1. Michelle Lacombe: Tanja Ostojić, Misplaced Women?, Dedicated to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada. 2016, Toronto, Canada.
  2. Nati Canto: One Art by Elizabeth Bishop, Berlin, 2018.
  3. Roberta Weissman Nagy: Misplaced Women?, Score 1/Unpacking a Bag of Your Own, Pula, Croatia. 2020.
  4.  Susan Merrick: Misplaced Women? A Translation of a Travel Diary in British Sign Language, Berlin, 2019.
  5. Tan Tan: Misplaced Self in the Misplaced City, Wuhan, China, 2020.
  6. Marta Nitecka Barche: Marta’s Story, Aberdeen, Scotland, 2015.
  7. Luciana Damiani: The Safe Circle, Montevideo, Uruguay, 2019.
  8. Tan Tan: A Pink River, Gent, Belgium, 2019
  9. Li Fu: Doing Gender 8102.50.3*, Innsbruck, Austria, 2018.
  10. Rhea Ramjohn: Which colonial comfort would you like to consume today?, Berlin, 2018.
  11. Dagmara Bilon: Misplaced Women?,  London, 2016.
  12. Teresa Albor Performing in Westfield Shopping Mall, London, 2016.
  13. Monika Janulevičiūtė: Holding the Misplaced Women? Sign at Vilnius International Airport, Lithuania, 2016.
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  15. Tanja Ostojić: La Grand Escalier de la Gare du Saint Charles a Marseille, France, 2015.
  16. Darija S. Radakovic: Misplaced Women? Calgary, Canada, 2015.
  17. Tanja Ostojić: Bergen International Airport, Norway, 2011.
  18.  Valentina Medda: Misplaced Women?,  New York, 2009.
  19. Tanja Ostojić: Simultaneous performance at Berlin TXL Airport, 2009.
  20.  Mare Tralla: Misplaced Women?, Vienna, Austria, 2009. 
  21.  LADY GABY: Misplaced Women?, Berlin, 2018.
  22. Bojana Videkanić: Toronto, Canada, 2016.
  23.  Alexandra Tatar’s Story, Telciu, Romania, 2018.
  24.  Anaïs Clercx: Missplaced Women?, Aix-en-Provence, France, 2015.
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  26. Misplaced Women? Marking the City, Bergen, 2011.
  27. Tanja Ostojić: Misplaced Women?: One-Day-Long Intense Performance Art Workshop on Migration in the Public Spaces of Belgrade, Serbia October 29, 2015, (first published by Art as Social Action, Ed. G. Scholette, C. Bass, & Social Practice Queens, Allworth Press, New York, 2018
  28.  Branko Milisković: ENTRY CLEARANCE
  29.  Azad Colemêrg: A day with Tanja Ostojić, Zürich, Switzerland, 2019 

Exhibition reviews:

PAC: «What makes another world possible?»: Arte comprometido para un mundo mejor

The Calvert Journal: What Makes Another World Possible? A new exhibition looks at how art shapes our societies

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