Tanja Ostojić | …lebt und arbeitet in Berlin.

Berliner Zimmer

Tanja Ostojić was born and raised in Novi Beograd / New Belgrade, a suburb of Beograd/Belgrade (then Yugoslav People’s Republic of Serbia). During the Yugoslav war she studied art in Belgrade. After graduation, she went to France for a year on a scholarship. During this time Belgrade was bombed. She returned to Serbia, but did not succeed in re-establishing herself there. Early on, she explored migration in her artistic practice. As part of an art project, she migrated to Germany, where she has worked as an artist and cultural activist ever since.


The exhibition project “…lebt und arbeitet in Berlin” builds on the video archive project Berliner Zimmer, which Sonya Schönberger began in 2018 in collaboration with the Stadtmuseum Berlin. This ever-expanding archive of video interviews with Berliners can be accessed online at any time and also forms part of the Stadtmuseum Berlin’s digital collection.

Alpha Nova & Galerie Futura showed the interviews as a video installation as part of an exhibition from June 18 to August 21, 2021. 

… lebt und arbeitet in Berlin.

Berlin has always been associated with the promise of a better, safer and more liberated life. Today more than ever, Berlin is a city of new arrivals, a place of aspiration and refuge, especially for artists and creators, who see in it a place where self-realisation is possible.

The stories of the women interviewed reveal personal motives, structural difficulties and social hurdles linked to migration in general and labour migration in particular. At the same time, they provide an opportunity to reflect on current and future social coexistence in the city, including with regard to the social and professional equality of women, particularly in the area of art and culture.

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