Althea Thauberger

MFA (UVic)
BFA (Concordia)

Althea Thauberger is an artist, filmmaker and educator based in East Vancouver, unceded xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) territories.

Thauberger’s teaching and research interests include photographic history/theory; media philosophy; politics of representation; biopolitics and institutional critique/reform; settler solidarity work towards Indigenous sovereignties, and site-based art and activism.

Althea Thauberger’s screenings and exhibitions include the inaugural Karachi Biennale, 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 National Gallery of Canada; 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 at universities, colleges and museums internationally including the University of Alberta; the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington; Guelph University; University of Toronto; California College of Art, San Francisco; University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Alberta College of Art, Calgary; Portland State University; The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax; Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen; Harvard University, Cambridge; 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 Forum, Canadian Art, Tema Celeste, the New York Times, Flash Art, European Photography, X-Tra, Parachute, Artnet Magazine, Frieze, the Guardian, C Magazine International, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, The Mainlander, Flash 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 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