Talisa Lallai

Based on Talisa Lallai’s origins, the question of identity and identification is central to her artistic practice. On the one hand she explores a cultural landscape with which she has close family ties, addressing themes of home and belonging. On the other, she examines the idealization and stereotyping of the South, along with the ideas and images it evokes in us. In her work, she questions photography as a medium of cultural and temporal expression, using not only her own photographs but also found footage from private collections of slides, old magazines, and commercial travel photography. By doing so, she contrasts historical depictions of the South with contemporary perspectives.

Lallai’s works have been featured in numerous exhibitions and publications. While photography remains central to her practice, she also delves into installation art to further explore the spatial and contextual dynamics of visual perception.

Talisa Lallai holds a degree from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and has received numerous grants and awards throughout her career. In 2021, she received a travel grant and publication funding from Kunststiftung NRW. She recieved the grant for Zeitgenössische deutsche Fotografie from the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung, Essen in 2020 and was shortlisted for the f/12.2 Förderstipendium by the DZ BANK Kunstsammlung in 2019. In 2018, she was awarded the Werner Deutsch Preis für Junge Kunst by the Museum Kurhaus in Kleve in 2018.

Her work will be on view in a forthcoming exhibition at the Oldenburger Kunstverein starting on August 23, 2024.

Lallai’s most recent solo exhibitions include: Gelateria, Parisa Kind, Frankfurt am Main, DE (2022); Post Tropical, Museum Kurhaus, Kleve, DE (2019); Timbuktu, Kunstverein Reutlingen, Reutlingen, DE (2017); The Pleasant Shore, BolteLang, Zurich, CH (2015) and Disappear here, Coalmine, Winterthur (2015).

Selected group shows include: Sammlungspräsentation, Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, DE (2023); Waldmeister, Super Supermarkt, Berlin, DE (2022); Bon Voyage!, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, DE (2020); To the port, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, NO (2019); Cuprum, Cultural Foundation, Nicosia, CYP (2016); Terra Incognita, Kunst im Tunnel, Düsseldorf, DE (2015) and 68. Bergische Kunstausstellung, Kunstmuseum Solingen, Solingen, DE (2014).

Her work is featured in the collections of Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf; DZ Bank, Frankfurt am Main and DEKA Bank, Frankfurt am Main.

Talisa Lallai, born 1989 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, lives and works in Düsseldorf.




Talisa Lallai • Post Tropical • BOM DIA BOA TARDE BOA NOITE • 2024

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Talisa Lallai • Ichnusa • Verlag für moderne Kunst • 2023

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Talisa Lallai • Autosole • Verlag für moderne Kunst • 2020

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Talisa Lallai • Timbuktu • Verlag für moderne Kunst • 2018

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Talisa Lallai • Closer to the Sea • Verlag für zeitgenössische Beobachtung • 2014

Terra Incognita • Kunst im Tunnel • Düsseldorf • 2015

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Paradise is Now - Palm Trees in Art • Hatje Cantz • Berlin • 2018

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