Swiss artist Tanja Warring studied fine arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York. With the street art group "Shinjinrui" she roamed the streets of Manhattan.
She received her PhD in art and photography history from the University of Zurich. Tanja is also an author and museum and exhibition curator with an international career in Europe and the US.
She lived in Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, Brazil and Mexico before settling in Graubünden in the Swiss Alps. Here she paints, writes and works as curator of the Muzeum Susch in the Engadine.
"Take Us Higher"
March 1st to May 31st, 2023
VERNISSAGE APRIL 1st. 17:00-20:00
In the Spring of 2023 she is exhibiting at ReCreArte some of her photo prints “fluid realities” and oil paintings “take us higher”.
Tanja’s work explores, among other things, the aesthetics of various social media platforms.
The "Take Us Higher" paintings. show young people in an almost ideal and “Instagram-ready” mountain quaint setting, posing almost identically to their peers around the world. Tanja arranges her works in the typical “block aesthetic” of an Instagram account.
With her series "Fluid Realities", Tanja makes a similar reflection on the omnipresent social media aesthetic. Today, it takes an instant to take out a smartphone and capture almost every second of our lives with the camera. We then use filters and editing apps to create a second layer of “reality”, often more attractive than the first. In an attempt to reverse this trend, Tanja takes out pencil and paper, and goes back to the “drawing board”. Using the pencil, forces her to see, capture and feel her surroundings in a personal way. She then takes a photo of her sketch and combines it with the traditional photo of the place she visited. This editing process allows her to make one world flow into the other. The resulting image is printed with glossy finish onto a square wooden panel, which is then given scratched to refine the composition.