Born in 1963 - Ukraine
Oxana Taran is a Ukrainian artist born in 1963.
Memory plays an important role in her work. In order to understand her drawings, her paintings and her installations, one needs to know some information about her childhood in Kiev, Ukraine, as well as the geographic and intellectual migration that have marked her entire life. After quitting her childhood city, “flexibility” became the word of order in her life. Taran needed to adapt ceaselessly to new cultures, foreign languages, new lifestyles, new people, or, as she puts it herself, to “an almost schizophrenic life path”: she doesn’t live in only one world, but in several worlds and realities at the same time, and, despite their similarities, these worlds have very little elements in common.
Actually, Taran is fascinated neither by our Occidental dialectics, nor by the one inspired by Marxism. She is not interested in its result either - the hideous Sovietic propaganda with its posters and boring billboards inspired by Russian constructivism of the ‘20s that were everywhere in Kiev during her childhood. Today, they are merely nostalgic relics of a lost ideology (or utopia) that has disappeared for a long time. Taran stays unaffected by our occidental empiricism. She is a child of non-occidental cultural, mystique and spiritual roots that were the basis on which all of Russia was built: the Asian-Mongolian culture on the one hand, and the byzantine culture on the other.
De Raad van de Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, Brussels, (Belgium)
"Oxana Taran, installation & paintings drawings", Grusenmeyer Art Gallery, Deurle, (Belgium)
Centre communautaire OP-Weule, Brussels, (Belgium)
Gasthoven 2010, CC Het Gasthoven, Aarschot, (Belgium)
"Multiples", Galerie Voorkamer vzw, Leer, (Germany)
Fabrique de cacao, Helmond, (Netherlands)
"Pushing the Canvas", Le Garage, Malines, (Belgium)
ELIA, Vooruit, Gand, (Belgium)
"One More Time", Galerie Speelhoven vzw, Aarschot, (Belgium)
"Heilige Geest 1", Galerie Voorkamer vzw, Lier, (Belgium)
"Exclamations Ephemeres", Anvers, (Belgium)
Visies uit een kunsthogeschool 2005, Galerie Saint-Luc, Bruxelles, (Belgium)
Archipel, BOAZ, Anderlecht, (Belgium)
Atelier Grafiek, Centre culturel Kontakt, Bruxelles, (Belgium)
"Drievierde", Anciens Ateliers Emelda, Laeken, (Belgium)
"Zie tekening", Musée communal Wuyts-Van Campen et baron Caroly, Lier, (Belgium)
Zuster S, begina, Galerie Voorkamez vzw, Lier, (Belgium)
Weldra in uw stas – Geen tijd, Galerie Voorkamer vzw, Lier, (Belgium)
Axion Art, Galerie Dexia Banque, Passage 44, Bruxelles, (Belgium)
Salon de mai, Fondation Pierre-Paul Hamesse, Bruxelles, (Belgium)
Centre culturel Den Blank, Overijse, (Belgium)
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