Arti Grabowski

b. 1977, Poland

Arti Grabowski graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow,Ā Poland, where he obtained a Diploma (MA) with distinction of theĀ Multimedia Department of Professor Antoni Porczak. He also holds a degree of the Universidad Castilla la Mancha in Cuenca, Spain.Ā At present he is a teaching assistant at the Department of Intermedia Studio of Performance Art, run by Professor Artur Tajber.Ā He is one of the most appreciated performance artists of hisĀ generation. In 10 years of his artistic activity he realized over aĀ hundred of actions ā€“ always strong, full of energy and sense of humour,Ā as well as thoughtful criticism.Ā His work has been included in many of the most Performance Art Festivals,Ā Theatre Festivals, Video Art Festivals in Europe, Asia, North and SouthĀ Ameriaa. For the last several years he has also collaborated withĀ Body SnatchersĀ Alternative Theatre.

International Visiting Artists: Poland

FADO Performance Art Centre is pleased to present new solo live works from two of Poland’s most exciting, engaging and surprising performance artists, Dariusz Fodczuk & Arti Grabowski. We give them the moniker of the Polish Power Players (PPP) as homage to the title of Dariusz Fodczukā€™s on-going performance series entitledĀ Tiny Therapeutic TheatreĀ (TTT).

Polish Power Players and Tiny Therapeutic Theatre. Seems straightforward enough. As you read this you imagine yourself understanding what you might see at this event. Donā€™t be fooled. The titles are full of contradictions. TTT is not tiny or therapeutic in a traditional sense. And itā€™s not ā€˜theatreā€™ ā€“ at all. Itā€™s large, loud, and attempts to, metaphorically, explode the theatre. Performance art as therapy… perhaps. Performance art as self-aware, embracing, and helpfulā€¦ absolutely. The works presented by these two artists are gentle and abrasive, funny and disturbing, and combine rigorous action with engaged audience interaction. Come prepared for a whole new kind of theatre.

Performance Yellow

This fragrance opens us to the question, has the show started? It's winter, the theatre is colder than the street and the room is filled with people and all their winter smells: wet faux leather, down, too much shampoo, and beer breath. The atmosphere is a trickster. Am I late, am I early?

Top Notes

yellow mandarin, mimosa

Middle Notes

honey, chamomile, salt

Base Notes

narcissus, guaiac wood, piss, beer