Het Vijfde Seizoen

Aram Tanis

Spring 2017

Artist Aram Tanis (1978) is born in Seoul and grew up in The Netherlands. In Het Vijfde Seizoen Tanis works on a project about compulsive disorders, a problem that he experienced from up close with a family member in his youth. This inspired him to invesitgate with texts and photo's the meaning of this illness on a personal level.

Isolation, standardization en estrangement are important themes in his work. Tanis's work is about the sharp contrast between rich and poor, beauty and rawness, tradition and modernity. Tanis believes that the media determines what is beautiful and how people judge. It provides a standardization in society, from identical shopping malls to the idealization of the human body. Tanis wants to show the other side and go beyond the façade.

Tanis studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. After that he went to his birthcountry, where he studied at Kaywon, school for design and arts. From 2004 till 2006 he studied at the Ateliers in Amsterdam. He was resident at the Institute for Provocation (Beijing), Badgast (Scheveningen) and Guest Studio Louwrien Wijers (Ferwert, Germany). In 2016 he showed his work 'Fireflies ain't here anymore' in ARTTRA. This exhibition showed his travel to his birth city and the sharp contrast he saw during his journey. Tanis had several exhibitions a.o. at Semblance (New York), Mediamatic (Amsterdam), Künstlerhaus Stuttgart and Vegas Gallery (Londen).


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