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
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.