Events / Performance Art

Naked Life 6 – a Performance By Tanja Ostojić

Scottish Contemporary Art Network, Guest @ Gray’s and Aberdeen University present:

“Naked Life 6” A performance by Tanja Ostojić. Followed by a discussion event with Jonathan Baxter, Sonia Michalezwicz and invited guests

Saturday, 12 March, 15:00-18:00, Society of Advocates, Concert Court, Aberdeen

Naked Life

Naked Life 4, performed at Live Action 10, Goteberg. Photo by Christian Berven. Courtesy of the artist.

The sixth SCAN event will consider important questions around advocacy, politics and provocation in performative practice, exploring the ethics of movement and migration through a consideration of experiences within Roma and Sinti populations, the largest minorities in Europe.


Workshop with Tanja Ostojic at the University of Aberdeen, Misplaced Women? Photo by Filip Barche.

SCAN is delighted to invite Tanja Ostojić, who was in Aberdeen last April, to perform a new version Naked Life, a layered piece originally built on expressions of solidarity with the deportations of Roma people from Germany to Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, and Romania, and developed specifically from the artist’s ongoing research practice for the UK context.


Tanja Ostojic, Untitled (After Courbet), 2004

The project, now in its sixth iteration, deals with bare life, social and political exclusion, deportation, racisms, state racism, biopolitics, xenophobia, and diverse cultural identities, asking: how is it possible that in contemporary Europe certain ethnic groups are constantly exposed and stripped of their political, social, and human rights?


Naked Life

Tanja Ostojic, Naked Life, video performance,


Following on from the performance, a discussion will consider the radical negotiation of ideological, physical and social borders in Ostojić’s practice. Artist and curator Jonathan Baxter will draw on his experience in alternative peer education contexts to facilitate a discussion around these issues, inviting other guests from council, local government and activist contexts to comment on the possibilities for interdisciplinary collaboration and ‘performance advocacy’ as a means to inform social and political change. Alongside the artists, Roma performer Sonia Michalewicz (E Karika Djal) will act as a respondent, sharing her personal experiences of the issues raised in conversation with the audience and invited guests.

The event is free and open to all interested in the possibility of hospitality and solidarity in art contexts and beyond.

Booking is essential via Eventbrite 

Please note: The performance contains nudity.

Photo credit: Naked Life 4, 2015, performed at Live Action 10, Göteberg Photos: Christian Berven


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