Tanja Nis-Hansen (born in 1988, Denmark) lives and works in Berlin. She studied in Copenhagen and Vienna before achieving both her BFA (2016) and MFA (2018) at the Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg under the supervision of professor Jutta Koether.
Working between the mediums of painting, text, and performance, takes as her subject the body’s presence amid contemporary capitalism - anxious, waiting, resting, ill or non-functioning. Her semi-autobiographical works, which explore motifs including waiting rooms, spiral staircases, moments of rest, and text statements, invite the viewer to think about female labor, exhaustion, illness, bodily maintenance, heritage, and the environment. Perceptible throughout Nis-Hansen’s stylistically diverse oeuvre is an abiding curiosity about the history of painting and the social construction of hierarchies of taste. The artist evinces a fascination for theater and stage design, which in her paintings surfaces not only through the inner logic of space on the canvas, but also through an all over “theatrical” mode of representation.
Tanja Nis-Hansen has had solo exhibitions at palace enterprise, Copenhagen (2023); Vestjyllands Kunstpavillon, Videbæk (2022); Sans titre, Paris (2022 and 2019); Udstillingsstedet Sydhavn Station, Copenhagen (2019); HfBK, Hamburg (2018); Come Over chez Malik’s, Hamburg (2017). Later this year, the artist will have a solo show at Solito S2 Show, Naples and a duo exhibition at Galerie im Turm, Berlin.
Selected group exhibitions include ‘Nos corps anarchiques’, curated by Georgia René-Worms at Mécènes du Sud, Montpellier (upcoming); Belenius, Stockholm (upcoming); ‘Kassandras søstre’ at Rundetårn, Copenhagen (2022); ‘Mon palais, choir’, Sans titre, Paris (2022); ‘La forme de l’eau’, Paris (2022); ‘Sleeping In’, June, Berlin (2022); ‘Ancient Tongues’, L’INCONNUE, New York (2021); ‘INDEX Vienna’, SORT, Vienna (2019); ‘Space Opera’, Crum Heaven, Stockholm (2019); ‘La Première’, Sans titre, Paris (2019); ‘Fruits Suspended and Swaying’, AEDT, Düsseldorf (2019); ‘Sanguine Husk’, Rumpelstiltskin, New York (2018); Nominees at Kunsthaus Hamburg (2018); ‘Amore Atomico di Amore di Lava’, Galleria Federico Vavassori, Milan (2018); Munchener Kammerspiele, Munich (2018); ‘Compassionate’, Der Tank, Institut Kunst HGK FHNW, Basel (2018); ‘Luxury problems’, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg (2017); ‘The trusting place’, Galerie der HfBK, Hamburg (2016); ‘Yolo’, Godsbanen, Aarhus (2015) and ‘Fluid Mechanic’, Parallel Vienna, Vienna (2014).
The artist was awarded the Neue Kunst Hamburg grant with Niclas Riepshoff (with whom she forms the duo CONNY) and a grant by the Danish Art Council in 2019, after being nominated for the Hamburger Arbeitsstipendium, the Hiscox Kunstpreis and the Schues Nachwuchsförderung all in 2018.
Tanja Nis-Hansen’s works are featured in the permanent collection of the Danish Arts Foundation and the New Carlsberg Foundation.