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Tanya Preminger on Shamijima


Tanya Preminger is the artist featured in this second interview.

One thing I like about doing these interviews, beyond introducing you to the artists who will take part in the Setouchi Triennale 2013, is that it allows me to discover them myself. Tanya Preminger is a good example. I didn’t know her before (to be honest, I know very few of the artists beforehand), but I became an instant fan of her art, especially her land art.

Here is the interview itself:


Tanya Preminger1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m an experienced artist, who was born and educated in Russia. I’ve lived in Israel for over 40 years, and worked in art for 20 years all over the world, before arriving to Earth-Art.


2. How did you hear about the Setouchi Triennale? What made you want to take part in the 2013 edition?

I learned about Setouchi Triennale by chance on the internet and immediately recognized the opportunity to make the earth project which I had long ago dreamed of. My project is a large mound of land. Obviously it is hard to find in Japan’s a large space and move to it a large amount of land, but the jury has approved my idea and invited me to Kagawa to select a location for the project.


3. Did you get to choose the location where your artwork will be shown? If yes, what guided your choice?

Problems arose with the place I had chosen, and the new place which is dedicated for me, I have only seen in photographs.

In our subsequent conversation, Tanya added that the original place was on Shamijima (or rather its polder), near the Great Bridge of Seto. She’s not too sure where the new location is yet, but possibly in the same area.


4. What can you tell us about your upcoming work for the Triennale?

The creation of the future, the process of development, is the theme of my project. Development starts from the earth as a symbol of all the basic physical concepts, and yearns to the sky. The sky as a symbol of spirituality. In the project, named Stratum, I only use soil and vegetation. Since the process of creation is a natural process.


Tanya Preminger - Project Strata


You can learn more about Tanya Preminger and follow her on the following sites:



Tanya Preminger Ritual Cut


All pictures were kindly provided by the artist.



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