TADEJ VAUKMAN


GRANDHEROES

Book release

Opening Saturday 9 June 2018 18.00 to 20.00
Exhibition 9 June to 14 July 2018









GRANDHEROES by Tadej Vaukman

rostfreipublishing, April 2018


Grandheroes is a visual tale about a memory of growing up; it is about confronting, comprehending, deliberating and about ephemerality. In his new photobook Tadej Vaukman aims to achieve an intimate confrontation with his own past, which has always been marked with self-awareness of deviation from social norms and of the arbitrariness of life as such. He collected objects of symbolic value and archival photographic materials, as well as photographing everyday situations in his grandparent's house where he spent his formative years.

Photography is inevitably related to the idea of passing away and to death because the image, frozen in time, will sooner or later come to represent (only) a dead being or matter. Therefore, introspection upon one's own past through photographic images is inexorably related to a kind of vanishing. At the same time, however, introspection is always slightly distorted due to the relativity of memory. The pictures from Vaukman's family album as well as his own recent photographs showcase, above all, his own personal view on the events that thoroughly marked him. During the delicate period of transition from childhood to youth his parents split up; he observed the end of their relationship and disintegration of the family rather superficially and from a distance while living with his grandparents who themselves live in an odd relationship marked by routine, loyalty, compromise and love. The setting for the story is thus the house where the artist grew up, with all its peculiarity and strangeness that bears witness to its inhabitants, their interpersonal relationships, their expectations and desires.



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Tadej Vaukman was born in 1984 in Slovenia. He grew up in Dravograd and had and easy childhood until his parents got divorced and things got a little dark for him. He quit all his schools, became a loner for a while, but then he found a new family - his friends. They did everything together and once they realised they have a really strong bound, they hit the road by forming bands. That time Tadej start shooting his first photos (cca. 2005), his approach to photography was rough and "anti-technical". In 2006 he got really into fanzine scene as a part of "Kino" zine, later he started to put out his own photography zines. Today he still travels with his friends, works as a photographer and he tries not to give to much bull`s crap about everything. His work was shown all over the Europe, from galleries to public toilets.