Althea Thauberger



Althea Thauberger is an artist and filmmaker whose practice incorporates collaborative research and performative processes in social documentary. Her projects typically involve sustained engagements with communities associated with the sites of their production. These have included the Capri Cinema in Karachi; the Bohnice Psychiatric Hosptial in Prague; the Kandahar International Airport at the Kandahar Airfield, southern Afghanistan; the 200 block of Carrall Street in Vancouver; the Chelsea Apartments in Victoria, Canada; the Haskell Opera House on the Québec/Vermont border; and the former Rikard Benčić factory in Rijeka, Croatia.

Thauberger’s exhibitions and screenings venues have included the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, UBC, Vancouver; the Audain Gallery, Vancouver; the National Gallery of Canada; 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. She is represented by Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto, and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory at the University of British Columbia.

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018 Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto.
  • 2018 National Gallery of Canada, photolab, Ottawa. curator: Andrea Kunard.
  • 2018 Art Gallery of Southern Alberta, Lethbridge. curator: Kristy Trinier.
  • 2014 Audain Gallery, Simon Fraser University, Woodwards Campus, Vancouver. curators: Melanie O'Brian & Amy Kazymerchyk.
  • 2014 Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto.
  • 2013 Djanogly Art Gallery, University of Nottingham, UK. curator: Neil Walker.
  • 2013 The Military Museums, Calgary. curator: Lindsey Sharman.
  • 2012 The Power Plant, Toronto.
  • 2012 Musée d'art Contemporain, Montréal. curator: Louise Simard.
  • 2012 Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto.
  • 2008 Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, Canada. curator: Lisa Baldiserra.
  • 2008 Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Canada. curator: Annette Hurtig.
  • 2007 John Connelly Presents, New York.
  • 2007 BAK, bais voor actuele kunst, Utrecht. curator: Binna Choi.
  • 2006 Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin.
  • 2005 Berkeley Art Museum, University of California Berkeley. curator: Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson.
  • 2005 Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver. curator: Helga Pakasaar.
  • 2004 White Columns, New York. curator: Matthew Higgs.
  • 2003 La Centrale, Montréal.
  • 2002 Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver. curator: Lorna Brown.
  • 2001 Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver. curator: Lee Plested.

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019 Hexsa’am, To Be Here Always, Belkin Gallery. Vancouver
  • 2018 N. Vancouver, Polygon Gallery. North Vancouver. curator: Reid Shier.
  • 2017 Karachi Biennale 2017, curators: Amin Gulgee and Zarmeené Shah.
  • 2017 Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. curators: Monika Kin Gagnon & Lesley Johnstone.
  • 2017 In shadows of the individual, Walter Phillips Gallery. Banff. curator: Yasmin Nurming-Por.
  • 2017 Field Guide, Remai Modern. Saskatoon. curators: Gregory Burke & Sandra Guimarães.
  • 2017 Enter Stage Left, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork. curator: Chris Clarke & Fiona Kearney
  • 2017 Taqseem, Koel Gallery, Karachi. curator: Zarmeené Shah.
  • 2016 Audain Art Museum, Whistler. curator: Darrin Martens.
  • 2016 Art Museum University of Toronto. curator: Jessica Bradley.
  • 2016 San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries. curator: Meg Shiffler.
  • 2014 National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. curator: Josée Drouin-Brisebois.
  • 2014 La Biennale de Montréal. curators: Gregory Burke, Peggy Gale, Lesley Johnstone, Mark Lanctôt.
  • 2013 Kamloops Art Gallery, Canada. curator: Charo Neville.
  • 2013 Images Festival, Toronto. curator: Kate MacKay.
  • 2013 Kadist Foundation, San Francisco. curator: Joseph del Pesco.
  • 2013 Apexart, New York. curator: Kari Cwynar.
  • 2012 Kalmar konstmuseum. Sweden. curator: Emmeli Person.
  • 2012 The Liverpool Biennial. curator: Lorenzo Fusi.
  • 2011 The Grange Prize, Art Gallery of Ontario. curators: Michelle Jacques & Wayne Baerwald.
  • 2011 Terms of Belonging, Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen. curators: Aileen Burns & Johan Lundh.
  • 2011 WE:Vancouver, Vancouver Art Gallery. curators: Bruce Grenville & Kathleen Ritter.
  • 2010 these gifts must always move, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne. curator Alicia Ritson.
  • 2010 To be Real, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto. curator: Rose Bouthillier.
  • 2010 The Beauty of Distance, Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, 17th Biennale of Sydney. curator: David Elliot.
  • 2010 Diabolique, Galerie de l'UQAM, Montréal. curator: Amanda Cachia.
  • 2009 Nomads, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. curator Josée Drouin-Brisebois.
  • 2009 Signal and Noise Festival, Vancouver. curator: Kika Thorne.
  • 2009 The Meaning is in the Use, Blanket Gallery, Vancouver.
  • 2009 Images Festival, Toronto. curator: Jacob Korcynski.
  • 2009 The End, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburg. curator: Eric C. Shiner.
  • 2009 Ambulante Film Festival, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Tijuana. curator: Eduardo Thomas.
  • 2008 The Soul, Manifesta 7, Trento, Italy. curators: Anselm Franke & Hila Peleg.
  • 2008 Farewell to Postcolonialism, Guangzhou Triennal, China. curators: Gao Shiming, Sarat Maharaj, Chang Tsong-zung.
  • 2008 40 Years, 40 Projects, White Columns, New York. curator: Matthew Higgs.
  • 2008 Pleinairism, i8 Gallery, Reykjavik. curator: Kitty Scott.
  • 2008 Nothing of the North Unknown, Galerie Alexandra Saheb, Berlin. curator: Laura Schleussner.
  • 2008 Exponential Future, Belkin Gallery, UBC, Vancouver. curators: Scott Watson & Juan Gaitán.
  • 2008 The Tree: from the Subline to the Social, Vancouver Art Gallery. curators: Daina Augaitis, Emmy Lee.
  • 2007 Imagine Action, Lisson Gallery, London. curator: Emily Pethick.
  • 2007 Fotofestival Mannheim/Ludwigshafen Heidelberg, Kunsthalle Mannheim. curator: Christoph Tannert.
  • 2007 Replaying Narrative, Le Mois de la Photo, Montréal. curator: Marie Fraser.
  • 2007 Place of the Transcommon, Inova ICA, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. curator: Nicholas Frank.
  • 2007 Utopian Mirage, Vassar College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie. curator: Mary-Kay Lombino.
  • 2006 The Peninsula, Singapore History Museum, curator: Heman Chong.
  • 2006 Make Believe, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmontin. curators: Catherine Crowston & Barbara Fischer.
  • 2006 Son et Vision, Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal. curators: Kitty Scott, Stéphane Aquin, David Moos.
  • 2006 Solid State, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax. curator, Ray Cronin.
  • 2006 Pink not Dead, Contemporary Art Center Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw. artist/curator: Maurycy Gomulicki.
  • 2005 Mix, Temple University Art Gallery, Philadelphia. curator: Sheryl Conkelton.
  • 2005 inSITE05, San Diego/Tijuana. curators: Osvaldo Sanchez, Donna Conwell, Tania Ragasol.
  • 2005 Emotional Realism: Althea Thauberger and Gillian Wearing, Khyber Centre, Halifax. curator: Emily Vey Duke.
  • 2005 Emotion Pictures, MuHKA, Antwerp. curator: Kieter Roelstraete.
  • 2004-5 Sobey Art Award Exhibition, Yukon Art Centre, Whitehorse; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax.
  • 2004 Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco.
  • 2004 I Want to Be a Popstar, Loopo - raum für aktuelle kunst, Berlin. curator: Vanessa Ohlraun.
  • 2004 Fear Fair, Gallery MUU, Helsinki.
  • 2003 Baja to Vancouver, Seattle Art Museum; San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art; Vancouver Art Gallery; Wattis Institute, California College of Art, San Francisco. curators: Daina Augaitis, Lisa Corrin, Matthew Higgs, Toby Kamps, Ralph Rugoff.
  • 2003 I am a curator, Chisenhale Gallery, London, curators: Per Huttner & Reid Shier.
  • 2003 Orange, Centre d'exposition de Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, curator: Barcel Blouin.
  • 2003 soundtracks, Edmonton Art Gallery, Alberta: Blackwood Gallery, Toronto; Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina. curators: Barbara Fischer & Catherine Crowston.
  • 2003 Test Kitchen, Belkin Satellite Gallery, Vancouver. curators: Jessie Caryl & Veronika Klaptocz.
  • 2002 Satan oscillate my metalic sonotas, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver. curator: Reid Shier.
  • 2002 Pseudo, The Floating Gallery & Plug-In billboard, Winnipeg. curator: Charles Shilliday.
  • 2001 TV dinner with Landscape, YYZ Artists' Outlet, Toronto. curators: Kim Pruesse and Scott Sörli.

Public Projects

  • 2017 Pagal Pagal Pagal Pagal Filmy Duniya (Mad Mad Mad Mad Filmy World), Capri Cinema, Karachi. curator: Zarmeené Shah
  • 2014 Preuzmimo Benčić, Rikeka, Croatia. commissioned by Musagetes Foundation. curator: Alissa Firth-Eagland.
  • 2012 Msaskok, Haskell Opera House, Stanstead, Québec/Derby Line, Vermont. collaboration with Monique Nolette-Ille. organized by Foreman Gallery, Bishop's University. curator: Geneviève Chevalier.
  • 2012 Marat Sade Bohnice, Prádelna, Bohnice Psychiatric Hospital, Prague. collaboration with Akanda, Prague.
  • 2011 The Next 78.6 Years, Overgaden, Copenhagen. curators: Aileen Burns & Johan Lundh.
  • 2011 The Police Station, Nuit Blanche, Toronto. curator: Candice Hopkins.
  • 2011 Ecce Homo, Canada Line Vancouver City Centre Station, City of Vancouver Public Art Program.
  • 2008 Carrall Street, Vancouver. Organized by Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver.
  • 2008 The Art of Seeing Without Being Seen, Koerner Library, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. organized by Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery.
  • 2005 Murphy Canyon Choir. inSITE05, San Diego/Tijuana.
  • 2005 Jean. Gallery 101, Ottawa. (collaboration with Jean Augustine, M.P.)
  • 2005 Decarie Devotional Choir (Le choeur fervent Décarie). Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montréal.
  • 2003 Steffanie Davis. Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC. curator: Corrine Corry. (collaboration with Steffanie Davis)







  • Kathleen Ritter. "Carrall Street/Althea Thauberger." Montréal: Esse. Jan 2009.
  • Joni Murphy. "Althea Thauberger's Carrall Street.": Vancouver: fillip 9.
  • Sarah Milroy. "Artists in a land of wanderers." Toronto: The Globe and Mail. 24 Apr 2009.
  • Leah Sandals. "Out of many, there are one." (interview) Toronto: National Post. 11 Dec 2008.


  • Brian Skar. "Strange Manifestations." New York: Artnet Magazine. Aug 2008.
  • Martin Herbert. "Manifesta 7." New York: Artforum. Oct 2008.
  • Clint Burnham. "Exponential Future." Graz: Camera Austria. no. 102. 2008.
  • Nancy Tousley. "The Awakening." Calgary: Calgary Herald. 8 Feb 2008.
  • Jack Anderson. “Focusing on social ebb and flow.” Regina: Leader Post. 24 Jan 2008.
  • Michael Turner. “War Games.” Vancouver: Vancouver Magazine. May 2008.



  • Mélanie Boucher. “Des Ouevres Polymorphes.” Montréal: Espace No. 70. 2006.
  • Jon Davies. “Althea Thauberger-A Memory Lasts Forever.” Toronto: Canadian Art. Spring 2006: 100-101.
  • Marjorie Jongbloed. 'Everything Can Be Different: Die Filme von Althea Thauberger', BE Magazine, Berlin, Magazine. 2007
  • Laura Schleussner. “In the Service of Art.” Zivildienst ≠ Kunstprojekt (Social Service ≠ Art Project). Berlin: Künstlerhaus Bethanien GmbH. 2006.
  • Adina Popescu. “Societal Anachronisms and the Possibility of Subversion.” trans. Catherine Nichols, Karsten Schoellner. Zivildienst ≠ Kunstprojekt (Social Service ≠ Art Project). Berlin: Künstlerhaus Bethanien GmbH. 2006.
  • Emily Vey Duke. “Althea Thauberger: Experimentalism is Dead. Long Live the Internet.” Toronto: C Magazine International Issue 91. Fall 2006:15-18.
  • Axel Weider. “The Aesthetics of Collaboration: On Participatory Spaces in Process.” trans. Catherine Nichols.
  • Zivildienst ≠ Kunstprojekt (Social Service ≠ Art Project). Berlin: Künstlerhaus Bethanien GmbH. 2006.


  • Kate Greenslade. “Jean.” Monograph. Ottawa: Gallery 101. 2005.
  • Glen Helfand. “Althea Thauberger-Berkeley Art Museum.” New York: Art Forum XLIII No. 9. May 2005: 252.
  • Matthew Higgs & Shannon Jackson. “Memory and Performance in Althea Thauberger’s Videoworks.” Panel Discussion. Berkeley: Berkeley Art Museum. Mar 18 2005.
  • Robin Lawrence. “Musical Confronts Mortality.” Vancouver: The Georgia Straight. 5 May 2005.
  • Helga Pakasaar. “Althea Thauberger: Artist Portrait.” Vancouver: Galleries West.
  • Dieter Roelstraete. “Emotion Pictures.” Interview. Antwerp: AS Magazine, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen. 2005.
  • Martin Thacker. “Althea Thauberger.” Vancouver: Only Vol. 2 No. 18 Issue #30. May 2005.
  • Jan Tulmir. “InSite05.” New York: Art Forum XLIV no. 3. Nov, 2005: 248-49,289.
  • Emily Vey Duke. “Emotional Realism.” Curatorial Essay, Halifax: Khyber Centre. 2005.
  • Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson. "A Memory Lasts Forever." Matrix Exhibition Publication. Berkeley: Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. 2005.




  • Todd Davis. “The Dream” & “The Factory.” Dream Factory. Publication and DVD. Victoria: Open Space. 2002.
  • Mia Johnson. “Althea Thauberger-Songstress.” Vancouver: Preview. Sept 2002.
  • Robin Lawrence. “Adults Evoke Childish Impulses.” Vancouver: The Georgia Straight 36 No.1824. 2002.
  • Kathy Slade. “Songs for Girls.” Songstress/Songs for Girls. Audio CD & Booklet. Vancouver: Artspeak Gallery. 2002.
  • Alexander Varty. “Songstresses Invent Selves.” Vancouver: The Georgia Straight 36 No. 1820. 2002.


  • Kim Pruesse & Scott Sörli. “TV dinner with landscape.” Toronto: YYZ newsletter. Oct 2001.