Althea Thauberger

MFA (UVic)
BFA (Concordia)

Althea Thauberger is an artist, filmmaker and educator. Her teaching and research interests include photographic history and theory; documentary practices in photography, video and performance; collaborative/collective community research; biopolitics and institutional critique/reform; and site or place-based art and activism. Thauberger is of settler German Russian and Scandinavian descent and lives and works in Vancouver, unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territory.

Althea Thauberger’s screenings and exhibitions include the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; The Toronto Biennial of Art, 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; 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.

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


Photo credit: Yuula Benivolski