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"Alone Again - In the Likeness of Life: Althea Thauberger"
2007-01-14 until 2007-02-25
BAK, basis voor actuele kunst
Utrecht, , NL Netherlands

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst presents "Alone Again (In the Likeness of Life)", a solo exhibition by Canadian artist "Althea Thauberger", from 14 January until 25 February 2007. "Alone Again (In the Likeness of Life)" is Althea Thauberger's first solo exhibition in Europe. The exhibition presents five video and audio works by Thauberger, all of which are made up of collective performances, the result of her collaborations with various groups and communities.

The works by Althea Thauberger, who studied and works in Vancouver, contain social and political allegories with an almost purist and vivid visuality. Distinctive is that Thauberger's practice involves an intensive collaborative working process with a group or community that usually results in a musical or choreographic performance and its video, photographic, and/or audio presentation. The performances of specific groups--very often of youth or adolescents--shown in Thauberger's works have a dramatic, theatrical quality, accentuated by (un)natural settings. In spite of the eccentric formal charms of these performances, they nonetheless have an alienating effect. Viewers often remain puzzled about the contradictory display of vulnerability and empowerment in the performances. Being "together" in a quasi-collective form can be both liberating and constraining, and here the individual is confronted with the political possibilities of togetherness as well as by its limitations.

Althea Thauberger is a resident of the "Research-in-Residence" (RIR) program from January to March 2007. During her residency in Utrecht, Thauberger engages in research that develops into a collaborative performance project in connection with her solo exhibition at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst. Further information is to be announced via our website. The Research-in-Residence (RIR) program provides international artists, researchers, writers, curators, and critics with an opportunity to spend a period of time living and working in the city of Utrecht in order to further develop their artistic or theoretical work in a stimulating context of contemporary critical artistic and intellectual production. RIR has been made financially possible by the support of the City Council of Utrecht.

"Althea Thauberger" (born 1970 in Saskatoon, Canada, lives and works in Berlin and Vancouver) presented her work recently in Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2006; Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, 2006; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, 2006; The Peninsula, Singapore History Museum, Singapore, 2006; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp, 2005; and Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, 2005.

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