Watch out! Wet print! #10 Tanja Radež: HAPPY NEW YEAR 201805. 12. 2017 - 08. 01. 2018
The artist often finds herself in a quandary over the sense of creating national symbols. In the 1990s, we were inspired to build a new country, whilst bidding a bloody goodbye to the old one, whereas now trust, faith and belonging to the closer or wider homeland is wavering. The borders that should supposedly disappear are now again becoming the borders that are being enforced. The signs in the area that are appearing as a result of ideologies are the victims of various conflicts. The symbolic emblems of national identity are often only adornments and no longer support the construction of a bright future. However, the symbols and colours persist through a changing history, since man must quite clearly lay the boundaries of his existence and mark the sovereignty of the group to which he belongs.
Tanja Radež was born in the ironworkers’ town of Jesenice. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, on the Visual Communications course of study in Ljubljana. She worked as part of the TANDAR Studio for the first twelve years. She added a lasting third dimension to the two dimensions of visual communications, backed up by content and concept. Today, she works in her studio, involved in creating within the field of culture, art, education and science. She has been publishing original planners for twenty-four years continuously. She enhances the creative side of her work with her research called Ostalgies, which in her language means the original upgrade of what remains after us. In 2012, she prepared the solo exhibition A Collection of Collections at the Kibla Multimedia Centre in Maribor, marking more than twenty years of creativity. In 2015, she became a member of the Caucasus Balkan Express art collective.