Tanja Ostojić / Performing Advocacy


Image: Tanja Ostojić Naked Life 4, 2015, performed at Live Action 10, Göteberg Photo: Christian Berven

Saturday 12th March 2016 at 3.00 – 6.00pm
The Society for Advocates, Broad Street, Aberdeen

Scottish Contemporary Art Network, Guests @ Gray’s and Aberdeen University 


Naked Life 6
A performance by Tanja Ostojić. Followed by a discussion event with Jonathan Baxter, Sonia Michalezwicz and invited guests

Naked Life 6
Tanja Ostojić (*1972 Yugoslavia) is a 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 has 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.

The sixth SCAN event will consider important questions around advocacy, politics and provocation in performative practice, exploring the ethics of movement and migration through a consideration of experiences within Roma and Sinti populations; the largest minorities in Europe.

SCAN is delighted to invite Tanja Ostojić to perform a new version of Naked Life, a layered piece originally built on expressions of solidarity with the deportations of Roma people from Germany to Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, and Romania, and developed specifically from the artist’s ongoing research practice for the UK context.

The project, now in its sixth iteration, deals with bare life, social and political exclusion, deportation, racisms, state racism, biopolitics, xenophobia, and diverse cultural identities, asking: how is it possible that in contemporary Europe certain ethnic groups are constantly exposed and stripped of their political, social, and human rights?

Following on from the performance, a discussion will consider the radical negotiation of ideological, physical and social borders in Ostojić’s practice. Dundee based artist and curator Jonathan Baxter will draw on his experience in alternative peer education contexts to facilitate a discussion around these issues, inviting other guests from council, local government and activist contexts to comment on the possibilities for interdisciplinary collaboration and ‘performance advocacy’ as a means to inform social and political change. Alongside the artists, Roma performer Sonia Michalewicz (E Karika Djal) will act as a respondent, sharing her personal experiences of the issues raised in conversation with the audience and invited guests.

The event is free and open to all interested in the possibility of hospitality and solidarity in art contexts and beyond. For more information or to get in touch with stories and perspectives go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1069304656445031/

The Performance contains some nudity. 

Performing Advocacy PDF info


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I am an artist living and working in Aberdeen, I ride bikes and like to write about it sometimes.

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