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Tanja Silvestrini

(they/them)

(1995)

Oslo-born, Helsinki-based

EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE

Jan 2022- Dec 2023 MFA Time & Space Arts, Art Academy of Helsinki (KuvA), Uniarts (FI)

Jan-June 2019  Exchange, Art Academy of Helsinki (KuvA), Uniarts (FI)

2017-2020 Bachelor, Bergen Academy of Art, dept. of contemporary art, Bergen (NO)

Jan-May 2017 Artist assistant for Antti Laitinen, Somero (FI)

2014-2016 Strykejernet Art School, Oslo (NO)

2011-2014 Elvebakken Secondary School, general studies with arts, Oslo (NO)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020 Katter jeg har møtt, Vestland kunsthall, Bergen (NO)

2019 Predators, Galleri Fisk, Bergen (NO)

2018 The Bachelor of Fine Arts (In New Order), Galleri Bokboden, Bergen (NO)

 

 

 

EXHIBITIONS / PERFORMANCES / APPEARANCES

2023

Skattejagt, Sydhavn Station, Copenhagen (DK)

Together Elsewhere - Online Performance with Birgitte Dätwyler, organized by PAB - Performance

Art Bergen and PANCH - Performance Art Network Switzerland

Performer in Pedro Riva's Third Farewell Association

Kuvan Kevät 2023 - Master Degree Show, Fine Arts Academy of Helsinki (FI)

UÄÄÄH! Performance Festival, Fylkingen, Stockholm (SE)

Performance Festival of March 9, Galerii Metropol, Tallinn (EE)

Time and Space Exhibition 2023 vol. 1, Kuva/Tila, Helsinki (FI)

2022

Performance with drag queen Emma Fended, Open Stage Club, Korjaamo, Helsinki (FI)

Open Home Performance Festival, Helsinki (FI)

Performer in Pedro Riva's Second Farewell Association

UniArts Fest, Helsinki (FI)

EKKO EKKO, Festspillene i Nord-Norge, Harstad (NO)

SWEATING, Vapaan Taiteen Tila, Helsinki (FI)

Performance and unveiling of commissioned work for the nursing home Roan sykeheim, Åfjord (NO)

Performance with drag queen Emma Fended, Opening of the Queer Cultural Year Bergen and the exhibition The Queer Gaze, KODE Museum, Bergen (NO)

Performance Festival of March 9th, Galerii Metropol, Tallinn (EST)

 

2021

After School Special, Landmark, Bergen (NO)

B-Open, Bergen (NO)

RESPONSE, Abeerance online performancefestival

Performance, Klimafestivalen §112, Bergen (NO)

Out of This Place, Galleri Fi4e, Bergen (NO)

Parties in Public Spaces (PiPP), Bergen (NO) 

2020

PAB OS: Equinox, Festplassen, Bergen (NO)

Yhdessä on enemmän, Villa Arttu, Hyvinkää (FI)

I det koboltblå köket står en stekpanna på spisen, täckt av ett centimeter tjockt lager fett, Crum Heavens/Hjorten, Super Local 2020, Stockholm (SE)

Fase, Online exhibition curated by Mørkerommet and Prøverommet

Performance, Galleri Peis, Kristiansand (NO)

Hjorten skulpturpark, Galleri Toll, Stockholm (SE)

Performance, Window Exhibition, Bergen (NO)

Generation 2020, Amos Rex, Helsinki (FI)

Performance, Fraction Inter Action - A 12 Hour Performance, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen (DK)

2019

Circus in Situ, Jinoos, Bergen (NO)

PAB Open 2019, Grand Hotel Terminus, Bergen (NO)

Performer, Erick Beltrán's The Image of Power: Bergen Parade, Bergen (NO)

Performer, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen's Tow With the Flow, Palazzo Mora, Venezia (IT)

Performer, Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė and Lina Lapelytė's Sun & Sea (Marina), Lithuanian pavillion, La Biennale di Venezia (IT)

Feel Helsinki, Musiikkitalo, Helsinki (FI)

Minstoll Sculpture Park, Galleri Toll, Stockholm (SE)

Nuori Taide 2019, Jyväskylä City Theatre, Jyväskylä (FI)

The Champagne Breakfast, ExClub, Helsinki (FI)

How to Survive Kaamos, Vapaan Taiteen Tila, Helsinki (FI)

2018

Självhjälpsbiblioteket, Joy Forum, Bergen (NO)

Performer in Frans Jacobi and Gitte Sætre's Krigsteater Trident Juncture, Den Nationale Scene, Bergen (NO)

Performer in Alwynne Pritchard's Dawn with Arms of Roses, KMD, Bergen (NO)

Jinoos Performance Night Opening, Jinoos, Bergen (NO)

Fletta Art Magazine Launching Party, Godalsparken, Oslo (NO)

Døgnfluer 10 - a festival made in 24 hours, Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo (NO)

Bokboden Sculpture Park, Galleri Bokboden, Bergen (NO)

Collective Banality (One Year of Sameness), Studentsenteret, Bergen (NO)

Performance, MAD Arkitekter, Bergen (NO)

Performer, Alwynne Pritchard's «Stamp Club Report 1980», Lydgalleriet, Bergen (NO)

Performance Night 2, Prosjektrum Vera, Copenhagen (DK)

«Everybody is welcome», Rom 8, Bergen (NO)

«Mask & Manifesto», performance night, Fincken, Bergen (NO)

Performer, «avGardEns: Identity», Borealis Festival, Bergen (NO)

Toilet Installations, Borealis Opening Evening, KMD, Bergen (NO)

Prøverommet, Tag Team Studio, Bergen (NO)

Åpen scene / åpent rom, Det Akademiske Kvarter, Bergen (NO)

«Express Yourself», performance, Loftfæsthivalen, Bergen (NO)

2017

«Unfinished Business», book release and coloring event, Hendrix Ibsen, Oslo (NO)

«Material as Site», group exhibition, KMD, Bergen (NO)

Performance w/ Alwynne Pritchard for the opening ceremony of the faculty of Art and Design, KMD, Bergen (NO)

Performance w/ Green Hijab Movement, Skansedammen, Bergen (NO)

2016

TRAFO minifestival, Galleri PODIUM, Oslo (NO)

Ljanskollen Light Festival, Oslo (NO)

Durational performance with Lotte Wallace, Sommerøya Elektronikafestival, Oslo (NO)

Strykejernet’s summer exhibition, Strykejernet kunstskole, Oslo (NO)

«En hel uke og en halv måned» with Jeanette Olsen, GalleriNeuf, Oslo (NO)

 

2015

Strykejernet’s christmas exhibition, Strykejernet kunstskole, Oslo (NO)

Performance with Lotte Wallace, Grünerhagen, Oslo (NO)

«Affekt» with Triva Shahin og Ina Vang, Galleri Brenneriet, Oslo (NO)

Ljanskollen Light Festival, Oslo (NO)

Strykejernet’s summer exhibition, Strykejernet kunstskole, Oslo (NO)

 

2014

Strykejernet’s christmas exhibition, Strykejernet kunstskole, Oslo (NO)

Performance w/ Dr. Kay and his Interstellar Tone Scientists, Elvelangs, Oslo (NO)

«Metamorfose» w/ Galleri E, Gallery Point, Oslo (NO)

 

2013

«170 frø», Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (DogA), Oslo (NO)

CURATING / ORGANIZING

Dec 2022 Performance Artists Unite! & Kino Club, Open Home Performance Festival in my apartment in Helsinki, (FI)

Nov 2022 PAB Local: The Queer Edition, in collaboration with Nayara Leite, Fincken, Bergen (NO)

Jun 2021 PAB Local: Breaking Habits, in collaboration with Madihe Gharibi, Bergen (NO)
Oct 2019
PAB Local x Bergen Assembly, in collaboration with Anette Friedrich Johannessen, Bergen (NO)

 

ARTIST TALKS

Jun 2022 Pecha-Kucha vol. 54, DogA, Oslo (NO)

Oct 2020 Bodø Kunstforening, Bodø (NO)

Sept 2020 Søndre Nordstrand Kunstforening, Oslo (NO)

Nov 2016 TRAFO mini festival, Galleri PODIUM, Oslo (NO)

RESIDENCIES

Aug 2023 KuvA's Berlin Residency, Berlin (DE)

Oct 2021 AiR Stokkøya, Åfjord (NO)

Sept-Oct 2020 AiR Kjerringøy, Bodø (NO)

Nov 2019 Villa Arttu, Hyvinkää (FI)

Oct 2019 For the Sake of Being(s) / Olo Centre, Enonkoski (FI)

Jun 2019 Telegrafen, Utö (FI)

GRANTS

2021 TRAFO, project support

2019 Bergen Art Academy, travel grant

2019 Föreningen Konstsamfundet, project support

2019 Art Academy of Helsinki, material support

2018 TRAFO, project support

2017 TRAFO, project support

FILMING

Dec 2020 «Who is Waaktaar?» introduction film for Waaktaar forlag, Bergen Art Book Fair
Oct 2016
Promo video for Ulysses Day, ULTIMA Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

Jun 2016 Plot/TV: artist talk w/ Alex Israel, Astrup Fearnley Museet

Apr 2016 Plot/TV: interveiw w/ Matthew Barney, Astrup Fearnley Museet

Dec 2015 Plot/TV: interview w/ Mats Stjernstedt about Gustav Metzger, Kunstnernes Hus/ Kunsthall Oslo

Jun 2015 Started up Plot/TV with Plot/Oslo

May-aug 2013 Reportage with Syvert Kråkenes and Marina Salimi, Horisont and Melafestivalen

ILLUSTRATION

2017-2018 Illustrator for the student paper Studvest, University of Bergen

2016 Illustrator for Natur og Ungdom’s magazine PUTSJ

2016-2018 Illustrator for the student paper Universitas, University of Oslo

INTERVIEWS

Xenia Ramm's Verbal Art Podcast: https://shows.acast.com/verbal-art/episodes/07-tanja-victoria

Dagbladet, jun. 2020: https://www.dagbladet.no/nyheter/tanja-25-skal-leve-som-katt/72546254
Bergensavisen, jun. 2020:
https://www.ba.no/onsker-a-leve-som-katt/s/5-8-1309471?access=granted

Studvest, mai 2020: https://www.studvest.no/bruker-sitt-eget-kollektiv-som-kunstlokale/

TV Vest, mar. 2020: https://video.tvvest.no/meget-spesiell-katt-til-adopsjon

NRK radio, Mellom himmel og jord, mar. 2020: https://radio.nrk.no/serie/mellom-himmel-og-jord/DMTL04001120/15-03-2020?fbclid=IwAR27mN8sp1Fuz-w-rYOBnuxMY8sW60eKxVHNmCWQONsGwAJMyL5pi6-W5ss

TRAFO, aug. 2017: http://www.trafo.no/nyheter/3513-TrafoProfil-Tanja-Silvestrini

NRK radio, Jacobsen, 16. mai 2017:

https://radio.nrk.no/serie/jacobsen/DMTO20009717/16-05-2017#t=30m0s

PUBLICATIONS

(Upcoming) «Waaktaar på ville veier», Silje Waaktaar Åsheim, Kim Hankyul & Tanja Silvestrini, Waaktaar forlag

2022 «Tangtrollet», self published newpaper, 50 editions
2020 «Who is Waaktaar?», Silje Waaktaar Åsheim, Kim Hankyul & Tanja Silvestrini, Waaktaar forlag, 10 editions
2020 «Blue Chocolate Finger Club», Silje Waaktaar Åsheim & Tanja Silvestrini, Waaktaar forlag, 50 editions

2018 «Nærest er du når du ringer meg på Facetime», self published, 2 editions

2017 «Unfinished Business», collaboration with Kaja Josefine Larsen, Fletta forlag, 200 editions

Other experience

Aug 2022 Founder of Performance Artists Unite!, support group for performance artists at KuvA and beyond

Feb 2020 - today Co-founder of the writing group and indie publishers Waaktaar forlag

April 2018-today Member of the performance group Ninjas of Bergen

May 2020 - 2022 Board member, Performance Art Bergen (PAB)

May 2019-May 2020 Vara board member, Performance Art Bergen (PAB)

Jan 2018-Aug 2019 Leader of the freshers week at the Faculty of Fine art, Music & Design, University of Bergen (NO)

Dec 2017-Dec 2018 Board member, Galleri Fisk, Bergen (NO)

May 2014-aug 2017 Marketing assistant and receptionist, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo (NO)

Jan 2014-jun 2017 Council member for the art club Plot/Oslo, Oslo (NO)

2011-2014 Working with Elvebakken’s student gallery (Galleri E)

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