Diana Tamane

Blood Pressure

“Blood pressure” is the collection of images I found in my great-grandmother’s family album. Every day until her death she measured her heart beat and blood pressure and wrote it down in a notebook. When she couldn’t find the notebook, she wrote it down on what was near at hand. Apparently this everyday ritual was more important for her than photographs – her memories.

About the Artist

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Diana Tamane (b. 1986, Riga, Latvia) is an artist and lecturer based in Tartu, Estonia. She works mainly with photography and video using autobiographical elements such as memory, everyday routines and personal events. In the artist’s works, family albums, documents and private correspondence are transformed into catalysts, making it possible to reveal not only touching autobiographical stories but also apt portrayals of post-soviet society and recent history.

Tamane has graduated from Tartu Art College (BA), Sint-Lukas School of Arts Brussels (MA) and took part in post-academic residency programm HISK in Ghent, Belgium. She exhibited worldwide, with solo exhibitions at ISSP gallery (Riga, Latvia), Surplus Space (Wuhan, China), Kim? Contemporary Art Centre (Riga, Latvia), and group exhibitions at Fotomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland), 1st Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (Latvia), A Gentil Carioca gallery (Rio de Janeiro, Brasil), CCI Fabrika (Moscow, Russia), Riga Photography Biennial (Latvia), Triumph Gallery (Moscow, Russia), Kathmandu Triennial (Nepal), S.M.A.K. (Ghent, Belgium), Tartu Art Museum (Estonia) etc.

In recent years Tamane has received Kim? Residency Award/Artport (2019, Riga, Latvia/Tel Aviv, Israel), the Riga Photography Biennial Award (2018 Latvia), Outset Estonia – Estonian Photographic Art Fair Acquisition Fund (2017 Estonia), Development grant from the Flemish Government, Ministry of Culture (2017 Belgium), Coming People ’Friends of the S.M.A.K. Prize’ (2016 Ghent, Belgium) and was selected for Plat(t)form 2018, Fotomuseum Winterthur (2018, Switzerland) and as Young Belgian Talent by FotoMuseum (FoMu) (2016 Antwerp, Belgium).