Sana Shahmuradova Tanska (Ukraine)


Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with assistance from the Consulate General of Canada, Sydney.

Sana Shahmuradova Tanska is a painter from Odesa, Ukraine, currently based in Kyiv. A significant part of her childhood was spent in the countryside in the Podillia region in Ukraine.  Shahmuradova Tanska’s practice is focused on paintings and graphics where she explores her roots, using trauma as a method of communicating with ancestors. Her practice typically involves oil on various surfaces, as well as watercolours on paper. Recent works highlight atrocities and violation of nature and inhabitants committed by the aggressor, with an emphasis on the similarity of brain activity while visualising both future and past. The time distance between past traumatic events and the present has suddenly disappeared.