Tatjana Doll was born in Burgsteinfurt and now lives in Berlin and Johannesburg. She is a professor at the State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe. Solo exhibitions: LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Münster (2019), New World Atlas, Berlinische Galerie Museum of Modern Art (2017), Toxic Chemicals, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum Ludwigshafen (2010), Was heißt Untergrund?, KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2021), Prizes: Konrad-von-Soest-Preis (2018), Hannah Höch Förderpreis (2017), Fred-Thieler-Preis (2021). Her paintings are based on acrylic paint, reproductions, mass culture and questions of reality.
Film, 10 minutes
Three-part animation of a painted 2009 –19 Eurofighter Typhoon / Combat Jet flying towards the viewer and becoming increasingly larger. The hashtags in the title of the work stand for the musical scale. E major, a reference to a ritual in Pyongyang: Every day at 6 o'clock in the morning and at 11 p.m. at night, the piece Where are You, Dear General is transmitted across the city from the huge bell tower, through loudspeakers that are utterly out of date and distort the sound. Kim Jong-il claimed that he intentionally composed the song to sound like this, because E major supposedly has a motivating effect on people and stimulates productivity.
oil on canvas
Luminously fluorescent pink oil paint was used to create the surface of the picture, whose right-hand edge shows the painted copy of a Lil Kim CD cover with a '9' on the left shoulder. The costume worn by the American rapper on the CD cover is reminiscent of pictures of Shaka Zulu, the chief of a Zulu tribe that grew rapidly and impressed its enemies by all of the warriors stomping their feet at the same time, thereby shaking the ground.
Peter Godwin, in When A Crocodile Eats the Sun: 'He tells me how the British watched in awe as twenty-five thousand Zulu warriors stepped over the skyline and began to advance, chanting all the while and stopping every so often to stamp the ground in unison, sending a tremor through the earth that could be felt for miles.'
oil on canvas
Red lines vertically divide eight cells; each is occupied by a tall white hood at the top and a pair of eyes with two circles in the lower third of the space. The horizontal figure eight represents the symbol for infinity; the eighth letter of the alphabet is an 'H'. The grey-black behind the white hoods and the red vertical lines add a somewhat heraldic look to the work. Like in a hideout inherent to the material, the skin remains hidden behind the nettle cotton fabric. Dark rhombuses push themselves between the light shapes, as if the hoods were mirrored in reverse.
oil on canvas
T-shirt print of an image of the painter Eberhard Havekost, who died in 2019. The circle is divided into eights and off kilter, which evokes associations not with a clock but with a wheel. The colours are broken by white, which adds coldness and a cosmic reference. The title stands for overall unity; one is all, everything is one.