Tanja Ostojić, Integration Project Archive, 2000-2011, photo: Erre de Hierro / Montehermoso
Tanja Ostojić
Integration Project Archive

Integration Project Archive includes:

International Wedding Document & Passport Photos From Looking for a Husband with EU Passport, 2000-2005
5 colour photos on dibond

Wedding Book, 2000-2005
Hand made original unique book with over 100 pages of text, photos, prints and collages

Crossing Over, 2001
Video, 7:00 min

Tanja Ostojić is an interdisciplinary artist from Belgrade who lives and works in Berlin. In her provocative performances, she investigates the position of women in contemporary cultural and political power regimes. She uses persiflage, provocation and irony as strategies of exposing and subverting the exclusionary mechanisms of European immigration policies and hierarchies within the Western art world. She employs her own body as artistic material, transforming herself into a social (artificial) persona with unique, socially embedded experiences. In her interactive works, she engages in direct dialog with her audience. In a series from 2000, she followed female immigrants as they enter the EU by different means – crossing borders illegally, waiting for visas or hunting for husbands with EU passports. In the years 2001-2003, Ostojić worked on the series "Strategies of Success / Curator Series", which consists of performances, installations, photographs and a journal, which shed light on the power games played by curators and artists.

Integration Project Archive is an installation presenting the results of many years of research. It includes video and audio material as well as books, essays and documents of a temporary performance, a temporary language school, a talk show and several discussions on immigration and asylum laws. The resources in this continually growing archive are available to the public and can be copied for private use.

The Wedding Book (2000-2005) comprises texts and photos documenting Ostojić’s work Looking for a Husband with an EU Passport, including letters that the artist exchanged with marriage candidates, wedding photos, marriage certificates, and “marriage for papers” testimonies from several of her friends who had to use similar strategies.

Courtesy Tanja Ostojić

Document media
Archive installation

Issue date
2000-2011

To be seen in
Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, 7 October 2011 – 15 January 2012

Tags
durational performance, migration, private/public, resistance, state oppression