- OSTOJIC Tanja, I’ll Be Your Angel, 2001-2002.
Tanja Ostojic (1972, Serbia, Germany) is an interdisciplinary artist from Belgrade who lives and works in Berlin. In her provocative performances, she investigates the position of women within contemporary cultural and political power regimes. She uses persiflage, porvocation and irony as strategies to expose and subvert the exclusionary mechanisms of European immigration policies and the hierarchies within the Western art world.
In I’ll Be Your Angel Ostojic accompanied the curator Harald Szeemann during the opening of the 49th Venice Biennale, never leaving his side. Part of the contribution to the Biennial was also her conceptual body art work Black Square on White (2001), in which her public hair was trimmed in a square, and which was kept hidden from the audience. The diary that she kept during the time remains unpublished. Szeemann prohibited its publication. ‘‘This piece, integrated in everyday life, poses potential ambigous narratives concerning the scandalous artist (and the curator). It provokes an invitation/invasion, and questions the power structure in the art world. Speculations of morality, and art world strategy will spin out.