© Tomasz Szrama, Give Me Heroes And I Will Unleash A Revolution, 2022. Photo Katarína Kováčová.
b. 1970, Poland / Finland
Tomasz Szrama graduated in 1998 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland. Currently he lives in Helsinki, Finland. Szrama shifts between multiple disciplines, including photography, video, action and other time-based works. Regardless of the medium, a dominant thread, common in his work is the use of his own body and methods of performance art, which he has practiced since 1993. Characteristic features of his actions are the use of spectators, active participation of the audience and improvisation. Such a strategy embeds his presentations into the tradition of understanding performance art as a process art, where the very moment of creation is essential. His work touches on themes of travel, trust in interpersonal relationships, and the ever present potential for personal failure.
Szrama has been regularly performing internationally in numerous events and festivals across Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America. He works both in institutional contexts, venues such as the Museum Reina Sofia, Göteborgs Konsthall, Scandinavia House NYC, Bangkok Art Centre, and in unique locations such as the deck of an aircraft, a ferry boat, a village in the Mexican desert, a yurt in the Mongolian steppe.
Further, over the past 16 years, he has been an active performance art event organizer. In 2008–2016 he worked as a producer, technical manager and was responsible for organizing live art events at HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme.
He is a working grant recipient from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland for the year 2016, the years 2018–2020 and the year 2022, from the Kone Foundation for 2017 and the Finnish Cultural Foundation for 2021. Currently gives lectures and offers workshops (i.e UNIARTS, SAMK, Art School MAA).
A Score of Scores
In this series, 10 artists perform the interpretation of a performance score, written for them by an artist of their own choosing.
10 artists. 10 score writers.
A score is an old term for 20.
A score of scores.