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Tamara Kostianovsky
Tamara Kostianovsky
Tamara Kostianovsky
Tamara Kostianovsky
Tamara Kostianovsky
Tamara Kostianovsky

Tamara Kostianovsky

12 May 2014

"We've all seen things we wish we could un-see. Things that are violent, sad, or just plain gross. Most of us try to forget these unpleasant moments in our lives, but Brooklyn-based artist Tamara Kostianovsky embraces them and uses them as inspiration for show-stopping art."

Tamara Kostianovsky grew up in Latin America in the 1970s - a time when Argentinian officials killed and kidnapped their political challengers. Later, she worked in a surgeon's office in Buenos Aires, seeing first-hand the blood, sinew, and muscle tissue that lie beneath our skin. Needless to say, meat has been a part of her life in many different forms.

When she immigrated to the USA, she brought a lot of clothes along. Cleaning out her wardrobe, she decided not to throw them away but to use her clothes in her art. She started creating huge animal parts, made of recycled clothes, questioning both the use of meat and our way we treat clothing.

Her installations and sculptures confront the viewers with the real and grotesque nature of violence, offering a context to reflect on the vulnerability of our physical existence.

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