Prinz Gholam

Born in Germany & Lebanon
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Prinz Gholam is an artistic duo, working together since 2001 and based in Berlin, Germany. Wolfgang Prinz was born in 1969 in Leutkirch, Germany. Michel Gholam was born 1963 in Beirut, Lebanon. They have developed an artistic practice based on performative and collaborative processes that result in live performances, videos, and installations incorporating drawings, objects, photographs, and text. Their work is an ongoing attempt to reactivate, relocate, and negotiate the self and the body between their cultural constructs and the world in which we live. It consists of choreographic or visual arrangements in which Prinz Gholam use and reinterpret a range of images and postures taken from historical paintings and sculptures, films and media sources. In this way Prinz Gholam draws attention to the political and social dimensions of the human body, as seen through the history of its representation.

Prinz Gholam were recently awarded the Rome Prince with a residency at Villa Massimo in Rome, Italy, in 2020. In 2017, they took part in documenta 14 in Kassel and Athens.

Solo exhibitions and recent projects include Mon coeur est un luth suspendu, Musée d'art contemporain de la Haute-Vienne, Rochechouart, France, 2022; There are eyes, Aichi Triennale, Nagoya City, Japan, 2022; the Survivor and the Dreamer, Dresden State Art Collections, Germany, 2022; While Being Others, Mattatoio, Rome, Italy, 2021; Similitude, Performance at Punta della Dogana, Pinault Collection, Venice, Italy; Speaking of Pictures, Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris, France, 2018; Generosity, the Art of Giving, National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic, 2016; Faces shapes gestures tones acts places, Musée d'art moderne Centre Pompidou-Metz, France, 2010.

Presentation of the performance *Similitude*, 2018, on the occasion of the exhibition 'Dancing with Myself' at Punta della Dogana, 2018 (video: Palazzo Grassi - Punta della Dogana).

Prinz Gholam, "My heart is a poised cithara", a performance at Palazzo Altemps, Roma, Italy, December 2020