Tanja Deman


Horizon is an intimate story about the sea in the midst of climate and ecological crisis.
In the collective imagination the open sea and their isolated islands have been a place of longing, contemplation, escape and even salvation. But can these places still offer an escape in a time of global warming, pollution and biodiversity loss?
This film essay shot on the most isolated open sea island in the Adriatic – island Palagruza, observes the primordial seascape and layered environmental and climate changes that surround it.

“I needed to see the sea. I had to make sure it’s still out there. That it’s still wet, vast and powerful. I had to remind myself of its presence.
Perhaps, I was hoping to remember something that I forgot and lost along the way.

This is the story of my failed escape.
Because, the more I watched the sea, the more I saw us. Omnipresent and god-like acting us.”

About the Artist

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Tanja Deman (Split 1982) is a Croatian visual artist with a base in Hamburg. Tanja’s works, incorporating photography, collage, film and public art, are evocative meditations on urban space and landscape. Since 2015 her work has been focused on the topics of natural environment, ecology and climate crisis.

She obtained a BFA and MFA in Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Zagreb and MA in Lens-based Media (film and photography) at Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam.

Her work has been exhibited in more than 130 exhibitions in 23 countries including, 15th Venice Biennial of Architecture, National Croatian Pavilion; Kunstmuseum Bonn; Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka; Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna; Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires; TENT, Rotterdam; Unseen, Amsterdam; International Film Festival Rotterdam; Galerie Reflex, Amsterdam; Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik, Museum of African Design, Johannesburg.

In 2015 Tanja realised a 4,000 sqm large public art project ‘Sommerfreuden’ by wrapping the Ringturm tower in the centre of Vienna, which marked the Viennese urban landscape of the summer of 2015.

She was artist in residence in Archisle, Jersey; Nirox Fondation in Johannesburg; KulturKontakt Austria in Vienna; Atelierhaus Salzamt in Linz; Kunstlerhaus Saarbrucken and Oberfalzer Kunstlerhaus in Germany. Many of her works are part of public and private art collections.