TIKA’s work is a reflection on today’s global society, as well as the forgotten traditions and sagas of the past. TIKAhas visited many places around the world, not just to travel but to get to know the local people and learn about their current situation along with what histories and traditions they grew up with.
Born in Switzerland, TIKA grew up in Cairo, Brussels, Cologne, and Zurich, where she currently lives when not diving her time between Berlin and Rio de Janeiro. The name TIKA originally came from antibiotika, the German word for antibiotics. It’s also hindi-slang for ‘tilaka’, the different blessing-signs that Hindus wear as a symbol of power to protect the third eye. When you’re asked, “How are you?” in Hindi, you reply “TIKA!” to say that you’re fine. She studied at ZHDK but, as the artist explains, “it was learning about the D.I.Y. and cultural squat scene, reading a lot, living in a different places in the world, and painting on the streets that got me where I am today.”
“What occupies my mind most is the diversity of points of views on life,” says TIKA. “Like the development of cities, how this affects spaces for self-determined living and projects. How buildings full of history get ripped down to be replaced by glass cubes. The effects globalization has on regional and traditional habits and architecture. Love, vanity and loss of people. How long and short at the same time a life can be and the before and after of it. I like to read about sagas and myth, about the written down and told to be true history and the actual circumstances in politics, economy and environment.
What inspires me is everyday life. Random people on the streets, how they dress and talk and, if I get to talk to them, what and how they think. Of course, in the days of Internet I pick up a lot of information and inspiration through there, as well. Still, I try to read and see and think as often as possible without a computer between. When I create, it’s like all experiences and thoughts run through me and out again. The feeling of creating while I paint, draw, write or cook is similar: I forget time while I’m at it.”
TIKA has left traces on the streets of Zürich, Bern, Basel, St. Gallen, Glarus, Berlin, Potsdam, Dresden, Munich, Cologne, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador da Bahia, Belo Horizonte, New York, L.A., San Francisco, Paris, Praha, Biarritz, Marseille, Barcelona, Madrid, Milano, London, Vienna, Sofia, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Cape Town, Buenos Aires, Mexico D.F., Gvernavaca, and Puerto Escondido. She has put on solo exhibitions in Amsterdam, Vienna, Berlin, and Rio de Janiero, and participated in various group shows around the world, including New York, L.A., Sofia, Mexico D.F., Milano, and Madrid.
TIKA is currently participating in a three month residency in Cape Town through Pro Helvetia, /A WORD OF ART, One k, and the Woodstock Industrial Centre.
“I’m learning a lot about South African history and current effects of Apartheid,” she says. “I will take these imputs and let them go as the view of someone who is not grown up here into my solo show ‘KAPTIKA’ (a mix of the German word KAPSTADT and TIKA). All of the work included will be made during