Arti Grabowski

b. 1977, Poland

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

International Visiting Artists: Poland (2009)

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 and Arti Grabowski. We give them the moniker of the Polish Power Players as homage to the title of Dariusz Fodczuk‚Äôs on-going performance series entitled¬†Tiny Therapeutic Theatre.

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. Don‚Äôt be fooled. The titles are full of contradictions.¬†Tiny Therapeutic Theatre¬†is not tiny or therapeutic in a traditional sense. And it‚Äôs not ‘theatre’ at all. It‚Äôs large, loud, and attempts to‚ÄĒmetaphorically‚ÄĒexplode the theatre. Performance art as therapy… perhaps. Performance art as self-aware, embracing, and helpful‚Ķ 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.

© Dariusz Fodczuk, Tiny Therapeutic Theatre, 2009. Photo Miklos Legrady.

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