Tanja Ostojic, Misplaced Women, and Director’s Cut

 Fabia Brustia at Tanja Ostojic's Misplaced Women? workshop. Photo by filip barche Fabia Brustia at Tanja Ostojic’s Misplaced Women? workshop. Photo by filip barche

As I mentioned in a previous post, feminist performance artist Tanja Ostojic joined us here in Aberdeen for a few days at the end of March and beginning of April. On April 1, 2015, she led a workshop for students and faculty at the University of Aberdeen and the Robert Gordon University on Misplaced Women? She then invited participants to do the delegated performance themselves.

You can read more about the workshop, and some of the fabulous contributions by participants, on the Misplaced Women? website:

Fabia Brustia’s thoughts on the performance

Marta Nitecka Barche’s thoughts on the performance

Later that evening, I interviewed Tanja for the Director’s Cut, a series developed and run by Professor Alan Marcus in Film and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen. You can even watch the interview online, by following the link (scroll down). It is also available here.

 Amy Bryzgel interviews Tanja Ostojic on the Director's Cut, University of Aberdeen, April 1, 2015, King's College Conference Centre. Photo by Brian Stewart. Amy Bryzgel interviews Tanja Ostojic on the Director’s Cut, University of Aberdeen, April 1, 2015, King’s College Conference Centre. Photo by Brian Stewart.  Interviewing tanja ostojic to a packed house at director's cut. photo by brian stewart. Interviewing tanja ostojic to a packed house at director’s cut. photo by brian stewart.

Both events were a fabulous success, the participants in the workshop were fully engaged, and the Director’s Cut was packed, and the audience asked a lot of interesting and challenging questions. I’ve posted a few pictures here but more can be found on the Misplaced Women? site, where you can also read my full description of the workshop.

Aberdeen is very much a migrant city, what with both the oil industry and two universities. Consequently, the Misplaced Women? delegated performance has a lot of resonance for people here, not to mention a special space on the landscape of Aberdeen. We hope to invite Tanja back to Aberdeen someday, but for now, her presence lives on as we revisit these performances!

 Tanja ostojic, Fabia brustia and Marta Barche at the workshop at the university of Aberdeen. Photo by filip Barche Tanja ostojic, Fabia brustia and Marta Barche at the workshop at the university of Aberdeen. Photo by filip Barche

About Amy Bryzgel

I am lecturer in History of Art at the University of Aberdeen, where I specialise in modern and contemporary art from Eastern Europe.
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