Teresa Hubbard (Irish/American/Swiss, born in Dublin 1965) and Alexander Birchler (Swiss, born in Baden 1962) have been working as a collaborative artist duo since 1990. Their lens-based practice interweaves hybrid forms of storytelling and explores the connections between social life, memory and history that sit just outside the frame of a recorded image. As the critic Jeffrey Kastner notes, «Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler’s filmic essays are also in their way detective stories, with all the poetic and philosophical resonance that the form at its best can offer. Not run-of-the-mill whodunnits, but examinations of the ways in which knowing and not-knowing are related.»
Hubbard attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the graduate sculpture program at Yale University School of Art, New Haven. Birchler studied at the Academy of Art and Design Basel and the University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland. They received MFA degrees from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, NSCAD University, Halifax, Canada, and were both awarded recently, by the same institution, an honorary degree Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa.
Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler's work is held in numerous public collections including the Kunsthaus Zurich; Kunstmuseum Basel; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D. C.; Aargauer Kunsthaus Aarau; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Museum of Fine Arts Houston; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna and the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich.
Their exhibition history includes solo and group exhibitions at venues including the 48th Venice Biennial; Tate Museum Liverpool; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Städel Museum Frankfurt am Main; Reina Sofia Museum Madrid; Kunsthaus Graz; Mori Museum Tokyo; Hamburger Bahnhof; Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. Birchler is an Affiliate Research Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin and Hubbard holds the William and Bettye Nowlin Endowed Professorship in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin.
Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler are represented by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg and Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin.
They live in Austin and Berlin.
Photo: Portrait of Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler. Courtesy the Artists and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, Vera Munro Gallery, Hamburg.