Tanja Muravskaja’s Three Sisters at Hobusepea Gallery

In her current exhibition, Tanja Muravskaja analyses to what extent Ukrainian war that began a year ago has influenced and changed relationships between relavtives and families. The artist contemplates her own family — some of the family members live in Ukraine, some of them have moved to Russia during the Soviet era, and some relatives live in Estonia. Muravskaja shows us the ways Maidan Conflict revealed different political views within a family, turned family relationships political and caused inner conflicts in a family. The artist is intrigued by the general human question: What are the reasons why hostility emerges within families and between relatives?

Tanja Muravskaja is an Estonian artist with Ukrainian roots. She graduated from the department of photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2005 and obtained a MA degree at the same academy in 2010. Muravskaja has exhaustively studied the identities of contemporary Estonia and Estonian people — the subject was summed up by the exhibition held in Tartu Art Museum in 2010. In her personal exhibition Lost Utopia held in Tallinn Art Hall gallery in 2012, Muravskaja designated the vanishing of her cultural and historical contacts while presenting photographs depicting Ukrainian villages as disappearing images of her memories.

Exhibition will be open until May 11, 2015.

Exhibitions in Hobusepea gallery are supported by Estonian Ministry of Culture and the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.


1996 – 2001 BA Media and Journalism, Tallinn Pedagogical University
2002 – 2005 BA Photography, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn
2004 BA Photography, University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom
2005 – 2010 MA Fine Arts, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn (cum laude)

SOLO SHOWS (selection)
2012 Lost Utopia (with Marina Naprushkina), Art Hall Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2012 They, who sang together, Estonian Parliament, Tallinn
2010 Split Mind, Tartu Art Museum, Tartu, Estonia
2010 Tanja Muravskaja, M’Ars Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Russia
2009 Lucky Losers, City Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2008 They, who sang together, Vaal Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

GROUP SHOWS (selection)
2015 Metamorphoses of the Black Square. Interpretations of Malevich’s Work in Estonian
Art, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
2014 Kelias / CEĻŠ / KETT, Lithuanian Artists Association Gallery “Arka“ in Vilnius, gallery
of the Latvian Artists’ Union, Pärnu Museum, National Library of Estonia.
2014 Feminist (art) criticism, Tsehh, Minsk, Belarus
2014 Shifting Identities, MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, Italy
2011-2013 United States of Europe (2011-2013), Lodz, Helsinki, Vilnius, Sofia, Dresden,
Paris, Cork, Brussels, various cities in Europe.
2013 Loosers, Tartu Art Museum, Tartu, Estonia
2013 LadyFest Tallinn, Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn
2012 M’artian Field, Centre of contemporary art M’ARS, Moscow, Russia
2012 Memoirs from a Cold Utopia, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia
2011 Life in the Forest, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Poland
2011 A Complicated Relation, Kalmar Konstmuseum, Kalmar, Sweden
2011 Memoirs from a Cold Utopia, Londonprintstudio gallery, London, United Kingdom

Kumu Art Museum, Tartu Art Museum (both Estonia)

2014 Cultural grant of the Republic of Estonia
2008 Annual stipend of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia
2007 Vaal Gallery, annual art award

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