The work reflect the continuous process, the artist's constant inner struggles and the search for a better life that he approaches during the creative act. This is never escapist, but primarily instructive. The image itself is an attempt to create a dialogue between sadness and happiness, pain and fantasy. The solution is not to run away, but to face tragedy – regardless of whether the creative act requires a return to the painful phases of life or vice versa, through which he experiences what he calls "cheap therapy".
About the Artist
Tadej Vaukman (1984) is an independent artist, photographer and publisher. In his predominantly photographic-based artistic practice he often follows the principles of rough documentary and street photography through which he documents and comments on topical phenomena from the margins of society and shows unembellished images of the world. In his more recent works he remains true to a brutal aesthetic, in which he departs from an uncritical documentation of his narrow circle of people and his own everyday life. The shift towards the exploration of one’s own intimacy, both personal concerns and fantasies, points to a process of individuation, expressed in the visual narrative primarily through self-portraits and handwritten notes on pages torn from books. Vaukman has participated in solo and group exhibitions at home and in international cultural galleries, his works are included in several collections. He is the recipient of the OHO Group Award (2019).
2023 – Dirty Sheets, KULA, Belgrade, RS
2022 – If I Die Tomorrow, This Could Be My Retrospective, RAVNIKAR, Ljubljana, SI
2021 – Pristine Dump, U10 Art Space, Belgrade, RS
2021 – But Don’t Show This To My Kid, SKUC Gallery, Ljubljana, SI
2020 – Ritual Purification, P74 Centre and Gallery, Ljubljana, SI
Inkjet print, Hahnemühle Photo Pearl 310 gsm
99 x 73,7 cm
RAVNIKAR GALLERY SPACE