Tai Shani: Tragodía

Tai Shani: Tragodía

The foreign guest of the Jindřich Chalupecký 2019 Award exhibition was Tai Shani, an artist from Great Britain, who presented a brand new art project named Tragodía, which was subsequently exhibited in the Temple Bar Gallery in Dublin and the Grazer Kunstverein.

Tai Shani's multidisciplinary practice, comprising performance, film, photography and installation, revolves around experimental narrative texts. Shani creates violent, erotic and fantastical images told in a dense, floral language which re-imagines female otherness as a perfect totality, set in a world complete with cosmologies, myth and histories that negate patriarchy. These alternate between familiar narrative tropes and structures and theoretical prose in order to explore the construction of subjectivity, excess and affects of the epic as the ground for a post-patriarchal realism.

Tai Shani (*1976) was born in London is nominated for the 2019 Turner Prize. Shani has presented her work extensively in the UK and abroad, recent exhibitions and commissions include, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (2019); Athens Biennial, (2018); Still INottingham Contemporary (2018); Glasgow International (2018) Wysing Arts Centre (2017); Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm (2016); RADAR commission, Loughborough University, (2016), Serpentine Galleries (2016); Tate Britain (2016); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2015); Southbank Centre, London (2014-15); Arnolfini, Bristol (2013); Matt's Gallery, London (2012) and FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais and Loop Festival, Barcelona (2011); The Barbican, London (2011); ICA, London (2011).


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