Fellowship received in 2021
Academic supervisor: Prof Dr. Tanja Zimmerman and Prof Dr. Barbara Murovec
Current affiliation: PhD Candidate, Art History | University of Leipzig
Germany 2020 -
Thesis: Slovenian Art Group 53. "Self-Managed" Socialism
and Artistic Production of the 1950s in Yugoslavia
Academic achievements, social engagement initiatives:
MA, Art History, Faculty of Arts | University of Maribor
Slovenia 2017. Thesis: Artist and Art Historian Marijan Tršar (1922-2010)
MA, Philosophy, Faculty of Arts | University of Maribor
Slovenia 2017. Thesis: Conceptual and Experimental Aspects of Light and Space in Contemporary Slovenian Art: The Example of Oto Rimele’s Opus
As well as Sylff Fellow 2021, Tjaša is also ASEF (American Slovenian Education Foundation) Junior Fellow 2021, where she is actively engaged in ASEF activities. Tjaša is currently in the process of setting up an exhibition and catalogue of Marijan Tršar's later works for his Centenary in Moderna galerija in Ljubljana (November 2022).
In her PhD, she is pursuing a trans-regional method that will open Yugoslavia to the West and East and reflect the regional processes in their global contexts, as well as bring an insight into the art production of lesser-known artists. The research is combining comparative methods by considering contrasts, crises and turning points, multiple perspectives, dynamic framework conditions, and spatial overlaps. Her PhD thesis aims to describe, reflect upon, and analyse different forms of associations of young artists during the 1950s, which were marked by the Second World War and the first years of the Cold War. These uncertain times shaped different cultural and therefore art historical identities. The project is interested in how the situation affected young artists and their artistic pursuits.
Tjaša wishes to strengthen the classical art-historical methodology used in her PhD thesis, by adopting the benefits of digital art history. In September 2021 Tjaša is going on an ASEF study exchange under the supervision of Dr. Kaja Antlej from Deakin University in Australia, to deepen her understanding in the field of virtual museums and immersive VR experiences and to learn about new interdisciplinary ways of raising the profile of cultural heritage.