Tadej Vaukman / Grandheroes
art for sale
UGM Šop, Strossmayerjeva 6
27 February - 14 June 2020
opening: Thursday, 27 February 2020, 18:00

UGM Šop is an artists’ corner within the museum bookshop, dedicated to presentations of young artists from north-eastern Slovenia. This time we invite you to present the photographer Tadej Vaukman with a selection of photographs and a photobook from the series Grandheroes.

Grandheroes is a visual tale about a memory of growing up; it is about confronting, comprehending, deliberating and about ephemerality. In his series Tadej Vaukman aims to achieve an intimate confrontation with his own past, which has always been marked with self-awareness of deviation from social norms and of the arbitrariness of life as such. He collected objects of symbolic value and archival photographic materials, as well as photographing everyday situations in his grandparent’s house where he spent his formative years.

Photography is inevitably related to the idea of passing away and to death because the image, frozen in time, will sooner or later come to represent (only) a dead being or matter. Therefore, introspection upon one's own past through photographic images is inexorably related to a kind of vanishing. At the same time, however, introspection is always slightly distorted due to the relativity of memory. The pictures from Vaukman's family album as well as his own recent photographs showcase, above all, his own personal view on the events that thoroughly marked him. During the delicate period of transition from childhood to youth his parents split up; he observed the end of their relationship and disintegration of the family rather superficially and from a distance while living with his grandparents who themselves live in an odd relationship marked by routine, loyalty, compromise and love. The setting for the story is thus the house where the artist grew up, with all its peculiarity and strangeness that bears witness to its inhabitants, their interpersonal relationships, their expectations and desires.

Tadej Vaukman
(1984, Dravograd) is an independent artist and photographer. In 2019, he received the OHO Group Award. He is the founder of the 585 ZINES publishing project. He lives and works in Ljubljana. In recent years, he has exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions. Solo exhibitions: Ritual Purification, P74 Centre and Gallery, Ljubljana (2020); Larry #2, Pivka House of Culture, Pivka (2017); Spaghetti Boys, P74 Centre and Gallery (2016); Larry, GT22, Maribor (2015). Group exhibitions: viennacontemporary 2019, NSK: State in Time, Vienna; OHO Group Award Nominees Exhibition 2019, Centre and Gallery P74, Ljubljana; Precarious Environments: 17 cases of contemporary photography in Slovenia, +MSUM, Ljubljana (2019); Grandheroes, Guillaume Daeppen, Gallery for Urban Art, Basel, Switzerland (2018); Triennial of Contemporary Art in Koroška, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška, Slovenj Gradec (2018); ZINES! Contemporary Zine Production, International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana (2017). In 2015, he published his debut photobook Dick Skinners, and in 2018 the book Grandheroes (both published by Rostfrei Publishing).

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