From My Family Album II

Leafing through my family albums I collected and highlighted moments of touch between me and someone else from the family.

It is zooming in and out. It feels like when you can’t focus your camera in the darkness. Trying to approach from different angles, not knowing how close to be or how distant.

As a basis for my photographic and video works I use autobiographical elements - memory, everyday routines and personal events. The constant measuring of the intimate distances, the exploration of the places where I belong and the questioning of my own identity are the processes that link my existence and my artistic practice. Often I am interested in what is broken or not functional, quiet tensions in the communication between people.

I use daily events and inner conflicts as a tool to reflect on contemporary life.

Starting with tiny movements and awkward gestures I am following long roads from the East to the West of Europe and my family members are often the main characters in my work. Sometimes it is my grandmother,  who became a smuggler by trying to cross the Latvian/Russian border with two small pots of flowers. Or it is dad, who since mid 90’s makes travels frequently to the West to buy cars, electronics and other items to resell it in Latvia. Or my mom, who became a truck driver after her enterprise went bankrupt several years ago. Often I am using vernacular photography taken by my family members exposing kitsch aesthetics of the working class, whose tastes are generally considered insignificant and worthless by the cultural elite. Through narratives of my family I want to show different social processes and movements of today, creating a portrait of the contemporary society.

— Diana Tamane

Diana Tamane (1986) born in Riga, Latvia. Lives and works in Tartu, Estonia. Tamane has graduated from the Tartu Art College (BA) and Sint-Lukas School of Arts Brussels (MA). In 2015–2016 she attended HISK post-academic program in Ghent, Belgium.  Tamane’s work has been exhibited at Fotomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland), Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (Latvia),  A Gentil Carioca gallery (Rio de Janeiro, Brasil), Riga Photography Biennial (Latvia),  Triumph Gallery (Moscow, Russia), Kathmandu Triennial (Nepal), Surplus Space (Wuhan, China), Kim? Contemporary Art Centre (Riga, Latvia), S.M.A.K. (Ghent, Belgium), Tartu Art Museum (Estonia) etc.

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