The artwork on display provide an insight into the artist's questioning of his own pictorial language: whereas a few years ago Vaukman exposed his life and immediate surroundings through thoughtful photographic compositions of portraits and self-portraits, he now makes more frequent use of direct expression through spontaneous, sudden and repetitive wordplay, collages and drawings. The artist used the material aspects and communication possibilities of different media in different periods to depict distinctly different feelings, desires, expectations, emotional states, relationships and stories. If, for example, the photographic diptych of the artist's resigned self-portrait in front of a mirror and a black flag of mourning bears eloquent witness to his plight and surrender on one side, a collage of nostalgic images of bouquets of flowers aptly titled On My Way to a Better Place optimistically offers redemption on the other.
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
Acrylic on Canvas
50 x 70 cm
RAVNIKAR GALLERY SPACE