"Integration Impossible?" by Tanja Ostojić
Tanja Ostojić (*1972 Yugoslavia) is known for her political performances involving her own social figure. Her recent works, such as Looking for a Husband with EU-Passport, Crossing Borders Series and Naked Life, focus on various aspects of migration, but also include feminist ideas. The texts and images in this book are composed by outstanding Balkan, EU and US theorists and expand on the themes explored in this body of work, supplying additional insights. The book comprises colour images, written descriptions and commentaries on the three larger projects by the artist, as well as transcripts from discussions carried out in the framework of the actual works.
“The real scandal of her work lay not in its sexual explicitness, but in how it located sex at the centre of European politics.” – Judith Surkis
“The expelled, the displaced, the ghettoised, the imprisoned, the immigrated, the war refugees and the Roma: all these marginalised and excluded people treated as “homo sacer” are subjects of Tanja Ostojić’s interest.” – Suzana Milevska
264 pages, 4-colour
126 colour images, 6 b&w images
23,5 x 16 cm
With essays by Pamela Allara, Manuela Bojadžijev, Adele Eisenstein, Rune Gade, Marina Gržinić, Suzana Milevska, Tanja Ostojić, Judith Surkis and Šefik Tatlić.
Edited by: Marina Gržinić, Adele Eisenstein and Tanja Ostojić
Publisher: Argobooks, Berlin 2009
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 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.