Misplaced Women? on international airports

In the past years I´ve done several performances on arrival terminals of international airports in Europe in the frame of my “Misplaced Women?” ongoing delegated performance series. I would like to share some of the related notes and images with you:

Aberdeen International Airport, United Kingdom, March 31, 2015

Misplaced Women? sign held by Amy Bryzgel at the domestic arrivals halls, Aberdeen International Airport, UK:

She wrote: “On March 31, 2015, Tanja Ostojic arrived in Aberdeen to give a workshop to students on “Misplaced Women?” and also participate in a Director’s Cut interview at the University of Aberdeen. She invited me to do this delegated performance when I picked her up at the airport, so of course I agreed. As the author of numerous publications on performance art, I am all for performative airport pick-ups!”

Zürich International Airport, Switzerland, October 25, 2012.
Misplace Women? sign held by Wai Wai at the arrivals, Zürich International Airport, Switzerland, welcoming me alone arrival.

Bergen International Airport, November 8, 2011.
Misplaced Women?
Performed by Tanja Ostojic
Bergen airport security guy let me finish my performance after he asked if I needed help. Well, I said NO.

Berlin, TXL Airport, November 21, 2009, 11 pm.
Misplaced Women?
Performed by Tanja Ostojic

On Saturday November 21, 5 p.m., I gave a talk Integration Impossible? at the Woodstock of Political Thinking in Haus der Kunst, Munich Germany. While the same day, at 5 p.m. New York time, Valentina Medda was performing my delegated performance Misplaced Women? at Performa, White Box, New York City.

Simultaneously with her NY performance, at 11 p.m. Berlin time, I was naturally performing Misplaced Women? on the TXL airport in Berlin, on my way back from the conference.

Vienna Airport, November 8, 2009
Performed by Tanja Ostojic

On Vienna airport I was about to deliver my art work and some accompanying materials for Les femmes parlent exhibition at Gandy Gallery Bratislava, to the driver from Goethe Institute Bratislava, who kindly took the following photos.

I was placing down large plastic bag with After Courbet, L´origin du monde, 46 X 55 cm photo on aluminium base. Then was unpacking my large suitcase to find long carton box with posters, as well as small parcel with books. After that I went to Vienna for Gender Check exhibition setting in MUMOK, while the driver with my three small parcels went to Bratislava…

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About Tanja Ostojic

I´m independent interdisciplinary artist based in Berlin, and currently a fellow at the GS of UDK, University of Arts Berlin. I was born in 1972 in Yugoslavia (Serbia), and have studied art in Belgrade and Nantes. I include myself as a character in performances and use diverse media in my artistic researches, thereby examining gender issues, economical and social configurations, and relations of power. I work predominantly from the migrant woman’s perspective, while political positioning, humour and integration of the recipient define the approach in my work. I presented my work in a large number of important international exhibitions and at performance venues and festivals, and have given lectures at universities and academic conferences around Europe and in Americas. My last solo exhibitions were: "Tanja Ostojic: Body, Politics, Agency.." at Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia, (2012) and "Integration Impossible? Politics of Migration in the Artwork of Tanja Ostojić" in Kunstpavillon, Innsbruck, Austria. My work is being exhibited currently at "ECONOMY" CCA Glasgow and "The Present and Presence", MSUM, Museum of Contemporary Art, Ljubljana. It was recently show as well at: MMCA Thessalonica, Greece; "Decolonial Aesthetics" at Fredric Jemson Gallery and Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University Durham NC USA; "Gateways: Art and Networked Culture" at the Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia and "Call the Wittnes" Roma Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2011. I published a book entitled "Integration Impossible? The Politics of Migration in the Artwork of Tanja Ostojić", M. Gržinić and T. Ostojić eds., argobooks, Berlin 2009. http://www.van.at/see/tanja/ http://gs.udk-berlin.de/stipendiaten/tanja-ostojic/

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