Hristina Tasheva studied Photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and earned her Master Photography at AKV | St. Joost, Breda, the Netherlands. Her experience as an Eastern European migrant and her position as a citizen are a driving force in her work. As conceptual artist she uses mediums like photography, text, sound and performance. Motivated to reach a wide audience, Tasheva searches for exposure of her work not only at galleries and museums, but also at alternative spaces as the street and Internet. Her work was shown up till now in Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and the UK.
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With my artistic work, I try to establish a position as citizen that opposes the constant attempts of the media and politicians to build and consolidate a negative image of migrants as uncivilized, useless and unproductive people. These clichés are creating a lot of tension in the local population and at the same time, marginalize and objectify the 232 million people that belong to the migrant group.
As a migrant, I would like to discover who I really am and to ‘show’ how my ‘world’ looks like out of a mental in-between space, influenced by time and geography and created by the overlapping of two worlds: the one I come from and the one where I am now. Therefore I am the observed (becoming an actor) and the observer (telling stories): my life is the work; I am the work and always in progress. In this process, semi-fictional imagery of people, monuments, recreated rituals, objects from the streets, texts and appropriations come across.
Through my strongly subjective and personal work, I am asking: is it possible to build identities based on similarities and not on differences? What is it like to be a human?