Althea Thauberger

MFA (UVic)
BFA (Concordia)

Althea Thauberger is an artist, filmmaker and educator. Her teaching and research interests include photographic history/theory; media philosophy; biopolitics and institutional critique/reform; settler decolonization, and site-based art and activism.

Althea Thauberger’s screenings and exhibitions include the Art Gallery of Southern Alberta; The National Gallery of Canada; the inaugural Karachi Biennale 2017; Polygon Gallery, Vancouver; La musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; 2012 Liverpool Biennale; 17th Biennale of Sydney; the occupied Kino Zvezda, Belgrade; VIVO, Vancouver; The Berkeley Art Museum; Manifesta 7, Trento; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburg; BAK, basis voor aktuele kunst, Utrecht; The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; The Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Vancouver Art Gallery; The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax; Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen; White Columns, New York; The Power Plant, Toronto; Artspeak, Vancouver; and Audain Gallery, Vancouver among many others.

Prior to her appointment at UBC, Thauberger has held teaching positions at Emily Carr University, Vancouver; Simon Fraser University, Vancouver; The Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi; Concordia University, Montreal; The Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (AVU); and the University of Victoria. She has been visiting faculty/artist-in-residence at Brock University, St. Catherines; Ryerson University, Toronto; The Banff Centre for the Arts and The Dutch Art Institute, Enschede. Thauberger has also presented talks and panel discussions at universities, colleges and museums internationally including the University of Alberta; the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington; The Creative Time Summit; Guelph University; University of Toronto; California College of Art, San Francisco; University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Portland State University; The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax; Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen; the University Museum of Contemporary Art, Mexico City, The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg; and many others.

Thauberger’s work has been the subject of articles and reviews published by journals including Art ForumCanadian ArtTema Celeste, the New York Times, Flash ArtEuropean PhotographyX-TraParachuteArtnet MagazineFrieze, the GuardianC Magazine International4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, The MainlanderFlash Art. Her work has been the subject of monographs published by Artspeak, Vancouver; The Liverpool Biennale & Bohnice, Prague; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; and Musagetes, Guelph. Thauberger’s writing has been published by BlackFlash Magazine; Artspeak, Vancouver; PUBLIC, Toronto; Camden Art Centre, London; and Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto.

“Althea Thauberger’s practice has evolved from documentary photography, where her recognizably striking portraiture belies the tension of a connection with the subjects of her images and her immersion as photographer within the environmental context of the image. Her methodology of image-making has consistently transitioned to large-scale international theatrical and performance productions, in sites rife with historical and social complexity. Thauberger’s position as co-director and co-producer is dependent on the relationships forged with fellow actors and audiences, creating an opening for complex community narratives to be performed and witnessed.”

–Kristy Trinier