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grants, scholarships and residencies

2023                             Culture Moves Europe, mobility grant funded by the European Union,

                                     implemented by the Goethe-Institut (DE/FI)
2023                             AiR Ateljé Stundars, KulturÖsterbotten, Solf (FI)

2023                             AiR Spazju Kreattiv in collaboration with Valletta Design Cluster, Valletta Cultural Agency

                                     and Ministry for Gozo, Valletta, Malta (MT)          

2022                             AiR digital art space Munich, Curt Wills Foundation Munich (DE)

2022                             AiR factory, performance collaboration with Tita Tummillo, BiGff Bari international

                                     Gender festival (IT)

2021                             project funding scholarship program of the Free State of Bavaria

                                     „Junge Kunst und neue Wege“, Bayern Innovativ (DE)

2021                             AiR at Vallisa Cultura Onlus Bari (IT) in collaboration with scholarship of the district of

                                     Upper Bavaria, Schafhof European Center for Art (DE)

2021                             scholarship Room to Bloom Program, a feminist platform for ecological & postcolonial

                                     narratives of Europe (Co-founded by the Creative Europe Program EU)

2020                             DAAD grant, scholarship for education and training abroad, Velletri (Rome) (IT)

2019                             assistance grant: Palermo Summer School of Contemporary Arts, Palermo (IT)

2018/2019                   DAAD grant, art intern at the artist collective CaireFontaine, Palermo (IT)

2017/2018                    Marschalk-von-Ostheim travel grant of the Emil-Freiherr-Marschalk-von-Ostheim'schen

                                     foundation Bamberg (DE) (research travel in Italy)

2013-2017                    DAAD grant, educational and artistic research program „Survival Kit“,

                                     Academy of Fine Arts Munich (AdBK) (DE) and Academy of fine arts Athens (ASFA) (GR)


Tanja Hamester completed her studies in Fine Arts at the AdBK Munich with a Master in Art and Mediation and the 1st State Examination in Contemporary Arts and Arts Education. She also holds a M.A. in German Philology which she completed at the LMU Munich with a focus on medieval literature and iconography. In recent years, she has held teaching assignments in art history and gender studies at TUM and AdBK Munich. She received several grants and scholarships, among others the project funding scholarship of the Free State of Bavaria, the art scholarship of the district of Upper Bavaria, a DAAD scholarship in Rome, a DAAD post-graduate fellowship in Palermo and a travel grant of the Marschalk-von-Ostheim foundation Bamberg. She has exhibited in international solo and group shows at Spazju Kreattiv (ML), Voga Art Project Bari (IT), BIBART - Biennale Internazionale d´Arte di Bari (IT), Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa Palermo (IT), Gallery Garagezero Rome (IT), Museum Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau Munich (DE), Stadtgalerie Schwaz (AT), Burg Giebichenstein Halle (DE), Chisenhale Gallery London (GB), Galerie Kullukcu&Gregorian Munich (DE), Kunstverein Nördlingen (DE), Lothringer13 Munich (DE), Circuits&Currents Project Space Athens (GR), etc. As a member of several international artist collectives such as RoomToBloom (a feminist platform for ecological and postcolonial narratives about Europe) and LeBlocccate (art collective, research program, sports club) she is particularly interested in collective working and thinking processes.


As a contemporary feminist artist and researcher, I work research-based and engage with possibilities of an anachronic approach to history. The focus of my artistic work is on installation, video and performance art that draws on strategies from cartography and archiving. Material and medium develop from intensive philosophical and political research before and during my projects. Site-specific issues play a major role for me, so I often engage with public space and the settings that surround me. I understand my artistic practice in terms of an overlapping constellation and act in a transdisciplinary way. The uncovering, de- and reconstructing of power structures as well as the concept of (un)learning are important for my work. In my performative practice, I deal with the right of representation of my body as a performer. I strongly believe in the decentralisation of human activities and I am looking for interspecies alliances of peers where mutual learning, coexistence and carefully managed relationships take center stage, and can replace the constant search for surplus, excess and domination.

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