Tanja Hollander | Artist

In 2011 Tanja Hollander set out on a journey to visit her 626 Facebook friends in their homes. Hollander set up in-person meetings, mostly in living rooms, and traveled all over the country and internationally to photograph her “friends.” Her now well-known series “Are you really my friend?” explores the effects social media can have on relationships and personal and private space. Hollander has been working on the project for three years and the final installation, which will include photographs, videos, sound, and data, will open in 2017 at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Another venture Hollander has started grew from her desire to “democratize art,” and make buying and collecting and appreciating art more accessible to all people. On “Act Fast Friday” she posts an image that is available for free; Hollander just asks that those who can donate to the specified cause related to the photograph. Maine is home to Hollander and here in the state she has worked with Protect Portland Parks, Youth Alternatives, Rippleffect, and Boys to Men. She founded and co-directed the Bakery Photo Collective, a space in Westbrook that serves the fine art and commercial photographic community by offering state-of-theart facilities and equipment for use.

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