Talent of the Year 2020 - FINALIST: Taja Spasskova
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In the project “Isolation” I focus on the issue of isolation and deprivation in times of Covid-19 and the related quarantine.
Through this project, I try to express the atmosphere of insecurity and loneliness during these uncertain times.
The pandemic is an impulse that triggers some new social and individual processes. It is not yet possible to map the complex web of transformations at all levels and the impact of such structural changes. Therefore, I more-or-less work with observations.
The phenomenon of global quarantine eliminates the functionality illusion
of some concepts and models, which were used to determine our existence
in recent years. It questions some pre-set social systems and state mechanisms.
On the other hand, it creates space for new ones.
The scale and impact of the COVID-19-phenomenon are global, not just territorial.
It exists in the context of each individual, community, states, and continents.
The pandemic opens up many questions and provides us with atypical perspectives on our world. We will have to face a lot of challenges and, above all, honest self-reflection.
The optimal way could be a constructive and critical analysis of our previous strategies. Search for new solutions and being open to overall transformation.
It is an opportunity to rethink our attitudes towards long-standing issues that humanity has not been sufficiently aware of, such as the climate crisis and its impact.
The future lies in dialogue, collaboration and solidarity. It also relies on a deeper awareness of the nature surrounding us, adequate needs, and sincere desires.
Furthermore, we shall also re-arrange and re-assess our current values.
Taja Spasskova is a visual artist living and working in Prague, Czech Republic.
She was born in Grodno, Belarus. In 2011 she relocated
to the Czech Republic, to continue stydying arts.
Her practice focuses on projects regarding social and spiritual issues.
The research is driven by the need to explore topics connected to her personal experience. Such as transcendence, consciousness and self.
In addition, a recurring subject of her work is re-opening the questions
of identity and environmental problems.
Spasskova was awarded the Art Prize CBM Premia Carlo Bonatto Minella,
Turin, in 2016, and in 2013 won the Forum Czech Republic – Bavaria,
competition, Pilsen – Regensburg. In 2015, FOTO magazine featured her
in the category of Young Talent.
Her work has been shown in the following exhibitions: DOX, group exhibition
at the Prague Photo 2015 photography festival; INTERBIFEP – International
Biennial Festival of Portrait, Tuzla; group exhibition at the Signal festival, Košice.
HAZE Gallery, Berlin.
i-D Magazine, Phase, CAP740522, časopis FOTO, L’Œil de la Photographie
Magazine, Uncertain Magazine etc.