20 March 2015 // Simcha van Helden //Rotterdam


For this week we’d like you to present to you the work of Alexander Tinei. His work is best known for the portraits of men, women, and children who bear the marks of their alienation in the form of blue tattoos. We were most struck by the courage and boldness his work contains. A collage way of working has always intrigued us, Tinei confirms this love. Within his work Tinei explores questions of identity and authenticity. Tinei’s interest in an individual’s transformation could in part be traced to the history of his own personal evolution. Born in Moldova before it became a republic and while it was still part of the Soviet Union, Tinei describes himself as: ‘an absolute product of a Soviet culture, transformed into Western culture, transformed into myself.’

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