Tanja Hollander was born in 1972 in St. Louis, Missouri; she resides in Auburn, Maine. Hollander received a BA in photography, film, and feminist studies from Hampshire College in 1994. Sections of Are you really my friend? have been exhibited at the Portland Museum of Art, Maine; the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden, Germany. The project was shown in its entirety at MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts, in 2017. Hollander has lectured extensively. Including at Demanio Marittimo.Km-278, Marzocca, Italy; the University of Maryland, College Park; Clemson University, South Carolina; SXSW, Austin, Texas; and Facebook headquarters, Menlo Park, California.