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Tim Etchells (1962) is an artist and a writer based in the UK. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts, notably as the leader of the world-renowned performance group Forced Entertainment and in collaboration with a range of visual artists, choreographers, and photographers. His work spans performance, video, photography, text projects, installation and fiction.
In recent years Etchells has exhibited widely in the context of visual arts, with solo shows at Gasworks and Sketch (London), Bunkier Sztuki (Krakow) and Künstlerhaus Bremen. His work has appeared in the biennales Manifesta 7 (2008) in Rovereto, Italy, Art Sheffield 2008, Goteborg Bienale (2009), October Salon Belgrade (2010) and Aichi Trienale, Japan 2010, with Vlatka Horvat. Selected group shows include Netherlands Media Art Institute (Amsterdam), MUHKA (Antwerp), Galleria Raffaella Cortese (Milan), Sparwasser HQ (Berlin), MACBA (Barcelona), The Centre for Book Arts, Canada and Exit Art (all New York) and Kunsthaus Graz.
Etchells’ first novel The Broken World was published by Heinemann in 2008 and his monograph on contemporary performance and Forced Entertainment, Certain Fragments (Routledge 1999) is widely acclaimed. He was Legacy: Thinker in Residence (2009-2010) at Tate Research and LADA in London and is currently Visiting Honorary Professor, School of Arts, Roehampton University (2010-2012) and Professor of Performance Writing at Sheffield University.