Tadej Vaukman

Born in 1984, Dravograd, SI

Lives and works in Ljubljana, SI

Tadej Vaukman is an independent artist, photographer, and publisher. In his predominantly photographic-based artistic practice, he often adheres to the principles of rough documentary and street photography. Through these approaches, he documents and comments on topical phenomena from the margins of society, presenting unembellished images of the world. In his more recent works, he remains true to a brutal aesthetic, departing from an uncritical documentation of his narrow circle of people and his own everyday life.

The shift towards the exploration of one's own intimacy, encompassing personal concerns and fantasies, signifies a process of individuation. This is expressed in the visual narrative primarily through self-portraits and handwritten notes on pages torn from books.

Tadej Vaukman has exhibited his work extensively, participating in numerous independent and group exhibitions across Europe and the USA. His recent solo presentations include GrandHeroes at Artissima (Torino, IT) and viennacontemporary (Vienna, AT), Before it Gets too Loud at Veli & Amos (Zurich, CH), But Don’t Show This To My Kid at ŠKUC Gallery (Ljubljana, SI), If I Die Tomorrow, This Could Be My Retrospective at RAVNIKAR (Ljubljana, SI), Pristine Dump at Kula (Belgrade, RS), and Ritual Purification at P74 Gallery in Ljubljana (SI). Vaukman's influence extends to significant group exhibitions, including 17 Examples of Contemporary Photography in Slovenia at the Museum of Contemporary Art MG+MSUM (Ljubljana, SI), New Acquisitions at The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška (Slovenj Gradec, SI), and Triennial of Contemporary Art (Slovenj Gradec, SI). Currently, he is collaborating with the Ulay Foundation on a new series of work and preparing for a new exhibition in 2024, San Lorenzo, curated by Tevž Logar.

His artistic achievements are underscored by the recognition of the OHO Group Award in 2019, and his work is proudly housed in private and public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška and the Franklin Furnace Archive in NYC. As a collaboration with Rostfrei Publishing, he has published two notable artist books, GrandHeroes (2018) and Dick Skinners (2015).

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