Zwolle, The Netherlands, 1996
Tamara studied fine art at Academie Minerva in Groningen from 2013 to 2017, following additional courses at Klassieke academie from 2016 to 2017.
"My works refer to the visual language of the USSR. Soviet official art expressed a clear vision for the future, which was already fixed according to the ideology and promised constant progress. In hindsight this viewpoint seems naive and peculiar. The original context surrounding these imagery ceased to exist, which made them meaningless.
Though the intended message doesn’t hold power anymore, her initial meaning and presence causes friction. How to react to references to the past when there is no achieved consensus regarding the nature of it. To which degree do these artworks have a symbolic power, and what is their autonomous value?"
Tamara Stoffers has been working with the subject of the USSR since 2013, exploring the complexity of the Soviet visual language and its heritage with both a playfulness and directness, yet sensitivity. To avoid directing the opinions or associations of the viewer on the subject pictured, accompanying descriptions are limited to the year and location the reference image was taken.
The New Past by Tamara Stoffers An unepected view
Новое прошлое Тамары Стофферс
The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography WTC Art Gallery
Solo exhibition Group exhibition
Photo Brussels Festival Photoworks presents 'Collaborate'
Hangar Art Center, Brussels Free Range, London
Haute Photographie Fotografiska Haute Photographie
Fotografiska, Stockholm LP2 Rotterdam
New Dutch Photography Talent 2018
5&33 Gallery, Amsterdam
Van Lanschot Kempen
Bałtycka Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej (2019)
Verbeke Foundation (2018)
Россия-культура Страна FM
Photoworks Residence Into the Void
Winter Tangerine Haute Photographie
A5 Magazine Wotisart Average Art
CJP blog NRC Handelsblad NRC Next
EYEspired New Dawn Aesthetica