Born 1971 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Lives and works in Aarhus, Denmark
© Tanja Nellemann Poulsen
Tanja Nellemann Poulsen, “fremmedsyn” (foreign view) (video still), 1999. © Tanja Nellemann Poulsen
Tanja Nellemann Poulsen graduated from The Jutland Academy of Fine Arts in Aarhus, in 2001 and is currently a member of two collectives: since 1998, she has been a member of the exhibition space rum46 in Aarhus, where she has co-curated and contributed to a number of exhibitions, among others: rum46 i Spainen (2000); Historier fra gaden (2001); and most recently Feast/Hospitality (2003) which addressed the question of how to meet “the Other” on an individual, social, and political level (see www.rum46.dk). Poulsen is also a member of the collective Im7, which publishes the publication *. * is an artwork based publication in loose-leaf format, which intervenes with the paper piles of everyday life (see www.im7.dk). Furthermore, Poulsen has participated in Boomerang (Nikolaj – Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, Denmark,1998) and NB! Lad os mødes (Noerrebro neighborhood, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2003). During Artgenda 2000 in Hamburg, Germany, she participated in InstantArt, Tetrapak, hause-besuche, and Journal for North East. Poulsen also participated in the video festival Es ist Schwer das Reale zu berüren at Kunstverein München, Germany, 2003, and in the video screening series Arrivals & Departures at Overgaden – Institute of Contemporary Art in Copenhagen, Denmark, 2003. Poulsen's body of work addresses political and social problematics, examining invisible (power) plays and simulated objectivities in the construction of a common identity, such as the Danish. She intervenes in various contexts – site-specific and public spaces – in which she instigates small displacements in order to make people reflect and lay the ground for alternative patterns of behavior. Poulsen is interested in the space that unfolds between work, audience, and reality. Her artistic production mimics the reality it enters while insisting on its status as art. A recurrent theme in Poulsen's work is the way in which we as human beings are influenced and manipulated, and how we as fellow citizens can have an effect on our reality through (counter)actions.
Contribution: Participates in Station 1: The Equestrian Hall, Aarhus, with “fremmedsyn” (foreign view), 1999. Video, 43 min. Courtesy of the artist.