Tatjana Macic 

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BIOGRAPHY

Tatjana Macic is deploying her artistic practice as an agency to blur boundaries between visual art, art theory, curating and written and spoken word. She holds a BA from the Dutch Academy of Fine Arts and Design ArtEZ, where she specialised in Painting and Drawing, and an MA with hounours in History and Theory of Contemporary Art from the University of Amsterdam. Informed by the theories of Bourdieu and Deleuze, in thesis research she focused on curatorial practices, inovation and politics in turbulent times.

Tatjana Macic grew up socialist Yugoslavia. Her family history made her aware of precarity of the human condition, politics and social injustice. Denouncing his bourgeois heritage and family wealth, her grandfather was a prominent leader of the resistance during the Second World War and a close confidant of Josip Broz Tito, the ruler of Yugoslavia. He was killed during the war under mysterious circumstances, and was later proclaimed a national hero. Macic's uncle was a promising young artist and one of the leaders of the student revolution in 1968, after which he faced social isolation. From an early age she observed that the official and the oral history do not necessarily need to tell the same story. She started to question the dominant masculine culture and therefore her position as a female. This is why history, current events and critical thinking about power structures - in particular intricate relation between an artist, theorist and curator - are often important topics in Tatjana Macic' practice. Addressing history, present time, myths and collective memory as a source of inspiration, she also utilizes humour, conversation and institutional critique as creative methods. Her eclectic and hybrid practice manifests itself in an array of disciplines and media, resulting in paintings, drawings, photographs, artistic archives, collages, bricollages, installations, interventions in public space, new media art, interactive Internet based art, short stories, poetry, essays and graphic novels.

Parallel to her practice as visual artist Macic writes poetry and prose in which she is primarily interested in innovation of syntax, simulacrum and the power of image in language. Literary works often relate to or are part of spatial installations, photographs, drawings, paintings, interactive art and animations.
In her theoretical work Macic sets out to interpret artistic and curatorial practices in the context of political and social temporality.

Tatjana is founder of Urgent Matters / Srettam Tnegru, an initiative for art, research, dialogue and exchange. Dealing with artistic urgency, experimentation and research, and by shaping a dialogue between theory and practice, discourses and agencies, ideas and visions, while testing the framework of public talks and exhibition making, Urgent Matters / Srettam Tnegru intends to question conditions and forms for artistic practice, research and critical thinking.

Tatjana Macic teaches Artistic Research at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. In addition, she actively engages in the fields of Arts and Culture as an adviser, lecturer, board member, creative thinker and speaker. Some examples of such engagement are: advisor for the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts - AFK, advisor for the City of Amsterdam as a board member for the Commission for Art spaces in Amsterdam - CAWA and contributing editor to several magazines such as HTV de IJsberg in the Netherlands and Odgovor in Serbia.

Macic's artwork has been shown at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the 53rd Venice Biennale Collateral Events, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), Gallery of Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina, Royal Dutch Institute of the Tropes in Amsterdam, Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam, Cabinet Gallery in New York, USA, Scryption Museum in Tilburg, Centre for Contemporary Art in Negotin, Serbia, FAD in Barcelona, Spain and Kunst Vlaai in Amsterdam, amongst others.




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