Tanja Boukal - Political Correctness

Publishing Date:2014
Editor:Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Tina Teufel
Publishing House:Bibliothek der Provinz
Details:Softcover; 28 x 24 cm, 80 Pages, numerous coloured illustrations including exhibition views of the current exhibition

At the center of the work of artist Tanja Boukal, born in Vienna in 1976, are people. She is interested in how people move in their social, political, as well as regional environments and also how they deal with extraordinary situations. Her gaze turns mainlo to those people who are not normally in the limelight, but who nonetheless make a great impact through their often unnoticed actions.

Influenced by her education as a stage designer and embroidery artist, Boukal has worked primarily
in the areas of sculpture and installation since the mid-1990s. She has used photography as a basis for her works for several years. To signify the importance of the people whom she depicts, the artist has increasingly employed elaborate arts-and-crafts techniques such as knitting, embroidery, crochet, and sewing since 2007. She considers the use of machines as relief and support rather than replacement for her hands; and she writes all relevant programs herself. For Boukal, equally important are the feel of the materials and an installation that draws in beholders.

The catalogue Tanja Boukal. Political Correctness presents a selection of the artist's works that have been created since 2007 and were shown in the context of the eponymous exhibition at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg in 2013.

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