Kathrin Böhm

Kathrin Böhm is a London-based artist working internationally whose practice focuses on the collective re-production of public space; economy as public realm; and the everyday as a starting point for culture.

Since the mid-nineties, Böhm has expanded the terms of socially engaged practice to an unprecedented scale and breadth of operation in which she co-produces complex organisational, spatial, visual and economic forms.

Over the last two and a half decades she has, together with others, developed new infrastructures including Culture is a Verb, 2018-21; Company: Movements, Deals and Drinks, 2014-ongoing; the Haystacks Series, since 2013; the Eco-Nomadic School, 2010-ongoing; and International Village Shop with Myvillages, 2007-ongoing.

Many of Böhm’s works stem from long-lasting collaborations. She is a founding member of the international artist group Myvillages, since 2003; the art and architecture collective Public Works, 1999 – 2012; the Centre for Plausible Economies, since 2018; and a new workers cooperative Uno Ino, 2021.

Often using exhibitions and commissions to question the relationship between artist and visitor, Böhm frequently develops new public formats to democratise cultural production within art spaces. Selected projects developed with and for arts organisations include Park Products for Serpentine Galleries with Andreas Lang, 2004; Folk Float with Grizedale Arts (both with public works), 2007; Folkestonomy for the Folkestone Biennial, 2008; Trade Show at Eastside Projects with Gavin Wade, 2013; The International Village Show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig, 2016; Food: Bigger than the Plate at the V&A, 2018 and Setting the Table: Village Politics at Whitechapel Gallery with Myvillages, 2019. Böhm is included in the forthcoming British Art Show 9, 2021-22.

Recent publications include The Rural - Documents for Contemporary Art, Whitechapel Gallery and MIT Press with Wapke Feenstra from Myvillages, 2019; Icebergian Economies of Contemporary Art published by PyraMMMida together with Kuba Szreder, 2018; Learn To Act co-edited with Doina Petrescu, 2018; and Company: Movements, Deals and Drinks with Miranda Pope, 2015.

Böhm is a member of the Community Economies Institute and co-initiator of The Interdependence, a new multi-local economic identifier for organisations and businesses who care about people and the planet.

In 2020 Böhm stopped starting new projects and is currently composting what she has produced as an artist so far, in order to make fertiliser for evolving long-term infrastructures Company Drinks; The Centre for Plausible Economies; and the Rural School of Economics, which include partnerships with the Scottish Sculpture Workshop, the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and ruangrupa’s ruruHaus in Kassel, Germany.


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