Paweł Althamer was born in 1967 in Warsaw, where he lives and works, and where he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts.
In an extremely diverse artistic practice embracing performance, installation and sculpture, Althamer combines powerful visual and sensory experiences with social conscience. His participative and community-minded approach is based on the premise that art has the concrete power to bring about change. Regularly incorporating people from outside the world of art (neighbours, students, residents at a centre for people with disabilities, family, friends, etc) into the creative process, his insidiously subversive practice is orientated more towards forging a human connection than towards the material production of a work.
Previous exhibitions (selection)
MAMA, neugerriemschneider, Berlin (Germany)
The Neighbors, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (United States)
Il Palazzo Enciclopedico/The Encyclopedic Palace, Venice Biennale (Italy)
One of Many, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan (Italy)