Tamai was set up in 2002 by Ankie van de Camp, a Dutch sociologist specialising in culture, labour and organisation. (Brief CV)
It is an informal network with a solid inner circle.
Until 2013 the non-profit foundation’s main activity was Galerie TAMAI. Exhibitions, workshops, columns and articles followed.
The foundation was named after the San artist Thamae Setshogo, or TAMAI, who died in 2004. He was an innovative artist and a man of many talents.
Galerie TAMAI is now closed. We concluded the gallery period with the art book Contemporary San Art.
The Iranian-Dutch artist Alireza Siddighi made this into a magnificent art book, enhancing its quality and encouraging its distribution.
Artistic approaches, and modern art
Over the past few years we have focused on developments in modern art and the art world since the major changes at the start of the previous century, which are described in Blogs and Essays. The starting points are the unique artist and the artwork. We set out from the intrinsic power of the work, and how it affects us. The colours, the composition, the forms and the theme are major factors here. The artist’s intention and career, and the Zeitgeist, form the context of the work and can help when studying the work and what it means to us.
The Modernist breakthrough
The Blogs and Essays focus on artists and their creative responses to the immense impact of the machine age – an age in which numerous new artistic styles were created by artistic and cultural movements often fuelled by optimism about new technical capabilities and the artist as innovative creator, but also movements that promoted the notion of the artist as craftsman.
Many artists were to be profoundly disillusioned by the barbarities of the First World War, and this was reflected in the art and the art world of the inter-war years.
We are now living in another period of fundamental changes brought on by a technological revolution. Although we are still building on the legacies of the past, the computer age is ushering in new art forms and ways of organising art. In a fragmented way we are still trying to discover how artists can form the cement of today’s society.
Opposite is a simplified summary of the artistic styles that followed the Modernist breakthrough in 1880. In practice, artists often experience a development in which they adopt various styles and forms.