Photo book “A Book About a Soldier”

Photo book “A Book About a Soldier”


“A Book About a Soldier” — a series of portrait photographs of the NATO soldiers, who serve in Estonia, which has been shot by artist Tanja Muravskaja in Estonia, at the military base in Tapa, during 2016–2018.  The photo series is complemented by an essay by Gustav Kalmu. Published by the artist herself.


About the artist

Tanja Murasvkaja (b. 1978, Pärnu, lives in Tallinn) is an artist, whose work proceeds from an analytic approach and psychological observation – be it the psychology of an individual, a society, or a place. In her artworks, she tackles such topics as identity and memory, as well as the relationships between society and its members. While focusing on photography, the medium’s qualities, and its agency in contemporary art, she creates installations, which evolve into total environments, embracing the viewer. Muravskaja studied photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts (2002–2010) and at the University of Westminster (2004–2005), and also journalism at Tallinn University before that. Her works are represented in the collections of the Art Museum of Estonia and the Tartu Art Museum. In 2018, Muravskaja received the Köler Prize Grand Prix awarded by the Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia. In 2019, Order of the White Star Fifth Class was bestowed on her. From January to June 2020, she was a resident at the WIELS – Centre for Contemporary Art in Brussels, Belgium.

Muravskaja’s recent exhibitions include Garden Exile. The Tuglas Home Garden Through Tanja Muravskaja’s Camera Lens (Kumu Art Museum, 2019), Three Sisters: Tanja Muravskaja (Tensta Konsthall, 2019), participation in the Art Encounters Biennial (Timișoara, 2019) and in the Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art Somewhere in Between (Borås Konstmuseum, 2019), Viral Self-Portraits. Online exhibition (Moderna galerija (MG+MSUM), 2020), and Alina Bliumis and Tanja Muravskaja. Narrating Against the Grain (Tallinn Art Hall Gallery, 2020).

Instagram: tanja_muravskaja
More thorough overview of the artist’s work on the CCA artists database.

More works by this artist

Digital chromogenic print on aluminium, framed in floating showcase, 80 × 53 cm, 2021
Digital chromogenic print on aluminium, framed in floating showcase, 80 × 53 cm, 2021
Digital chromogenic prints on aluminium, framed in floating showcase, 1/3+1AP, 80 × 53 cm, 2021
Lenticular printing, 1/3+1AP, 80 × 53 cm, 2021

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