Althea Thauberger

Althea Thauberger is an artist and filmmaker based in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish Territories. Her practice is primarily concerned with the use of performative and collaborative processes in the production of new forms of social documents. Her locally and internationally produced projects involve long-term negotiations, co-operations and collaborations with individuals, communities and institutions in processes of their own representation. They invoke provocative reflections of social, political, and institutional power relations and create situations in which these dynamics may be challenged or break down.

Thauberger’s works additionally involve sustained engagement in the histories and contestations of the sites of their production. These have included the Bohnice Psychiatric Hosptial in Prague; the Kandahar International Airport at the Kandahar Airfield, southern Afghanistan; the 200 block of Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside; the Haskell Opera House on the Québec/Vermont border; and the former Rikard Benčić factory in Rijeka, Croatia.

Thauberger’s exhibitions and screenings have included the Audain Gallery, Vancouver; the 2012 Liverpool Biennial; The Power Plant, Toronto; La Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art, COPENHAGEN; Prádelna, Bohnice Psychiatric Hospital, Prague; the occupied Kino Zvezda, Belgrade; the Guangong Museum of Art, Guangzhou; and the Kadist Foundation, San Fransico among many other spaces. She is represented by Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto.