Artist
Tomasz Szrama

b. 1970, Poland / Finland
www.tomaszszrama.com

Tomasz Szrama graduated from the Fine Art Academy in Wroclaw, Poland (1998) and he currently lives in Helsinki, Finland. Since 2005, he co-organized and is the art designer of New Art Contact performance art events. In 2011 he started to co-organize and art design the Fake Finn Festival of Experimental Art and other ‘fake countries’ events which present the work of artists living outside of their home country in Finland. Szrama also documents experimental art festivals and live art events. He presently works at the Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP) as a producer, designer and technician.

In the artist’s words: “I do not have any fixed views. I do not believe in any system, or any absolute truth. Cosmos expands. The world is evolving. As I age, I have more doubts. My art is in a constant flux between sarcasm and sincerity, humour and melancholy, ground and atmosphere. I am frantically trying to capture the essence of a situation, a state of mind. My performances, despite the artistic discipline, and the planning going into them, cannot ever be completely finished. They are a forum, a space in time for interaction with the audience, improvisation, error, and the eventual fiasco. I contradict myself. I still naively believe that anyone, anywhere can create a phenomenon on a cosmic scale. Then I feel, it is a meaningless sacrifice of an insignificant man. I hope that in my desperate gestures viewers will identify for themselves something meaningful, even transcendent…I am fine and I’m scared to death.”

Performance
International Visiting Artists: Macarena Rosas Perich & Tomasz Szrama

FADO Performance Art Centre presents new solo performance works by Tomasz Szrama (Poland/ Finland) and Macarena Perich Rosas (Chilé) in the context of the International Visiting Artists series.


¿QUÉ SOY? by Macarena Rosas Perich

Macarena Perich Rosas lives and works in Punta Arenas. Located at the southern tip of Patagonia in the Magallanes and Antartica Chilena Region, Punta Arenas is, literally, situated at the end of the world, and Perich Rosas just might be the only performance artist from this part of the world. Macarena’s work is engaged with themes of territory, location and place, often employing materials unique to her region of the world, including skins and fur. Her presence is raw and intense, conjuring the animal world and a deep connection to geography and the uncharted environment.

Since 2009, she has been organizing Confl!cta: Contemporary Art at the End of World. Confl!cta is a call to action, based on research and experimentation, providing education for audiences and residencies for performing artists, with a goal to work with structures, difficulties and tendencies that problematize the relationship between people and their environment. Through dialogue between the artist and the audience, the impact between the body and territory is acknowledged.


Enter Through the Emergency Exit by Tomasz Szrama

Tomasz Szrama’s practice shifts between multiple disciplines, including photography and video. Regardless of the medium, a dominate common thread in all of his work is the use of his own body and methods of performance art, such as action, gesture, and the physical manipulation of everyday materials. Szrama’s work is humourous and self-reflexive, often putting his own body into impossible and even ridiculous situations such as attempting to hang himself with helium balloons, covering his entire body in plaster cast making himself immobile and then waiting for hours in a busy tourist street, or attempting to board a plane with his own parachute. His work touches on themes of travel, trust, and the ever present potential for personal failure.


Presented in partnership with VIVA! Art Action
Tomasz Szrama and Macarena Perich Rosas’ appearances in Toronto are in partnership with VIVA! Art Action. Established in 2006, VIVA! Art Action is an international performance and live art festival presented once every two years in Montréal. The festival takes place in the of old bath St. Michel in Mile End, and with the participation of the network of artist-run centres in the city.

Macarena Perich Rosas’ appearance in Toronto is also in partnership with LIVE International Performance Art Biennale. Founded in 1999, LIVE has located Vancouver, Canada as an important and recognized node of local, national, and international performance art activity and critical study. 

Artist Talks with Gustaf Broms, Macarena Perich Rosas & Tomasz Szrama

In September, FADO Performance Art Centre is pleased to present an instalment of our International Visiting Artists series. We welcome Macarena Perich Rosas from Chile; Tomasz Szrama from Poland, living in Finland; and Gustaf Broms from Sweden. Join us for a casual artist talk with these three amazing artists and hear them talk about their practices and the work they will be presenting during their time in Toronto.

Tomasz Szrama’s appearance in Toronto is in partnership with VIVA! Art Action (Montréal). Macarena Perich Rosas’ appearance in Toronto is in partnership with LIVE International Performance Art Biennale (Vancouver) and VIVA! Art Action.

LIVE International Performance Art Biennale was founded in 1999 and has located Vancouver, Canada as an important and recognized node of local, national, and international performance art activity and critical study.

Established in 2006, VIVA! Art Action is an international performance and live art festival presented once every two years in Montréal. The festival takes place in the of old bath St Michel in Mile End, and with the participation of the network of artist-run centres in the city.