Tomasz Szrama

Tomasz SzramaTomasz Szrama
Born in Poland in 1970, living in Finland for 20 years. His practice oscillates between various fields such as action art, photography and video. Regardless of the medium, the dominant theme in all his works is the use of his own body and methods of performance art, such as action, gestures and physical manipulation of everyday objects. Szram's work is humorous and self-reflective, often putting him in impossible and ridiculous situations, such as trying to hang himself suicide with helium-filled balloons, leaving him completely immobilized in a plaster cast in a crowded street, or flying a passenger plane with his own parachute. His work deals with themes such as travel, trust, and the always present possibility of personal failure.

I'm fine and I'm scared to death.
I have no set views. I cannot believe in any system or absolute truth. The world is developing. The cosmos expands. With age, I have more and more doubts.
My art is a constant flow between honesty, humor and complete self-doubt. I try frantically to grasp the essence of the situation and the state of mind. My performance is a forum, a space in time for interaction with the audience. I hope that the audience will find something meaningful, even transcendent, in these fierce gestures. I still naively believe that anyone can create a phenomenon on a cosmic scale, and as I feel it will be a meaningless sacrifice of an insignificant human.


Posted on

11 May 2015