Born in London, lives and works in Vienna.
Brishty Alam’s works are invested with a magical, shape-shifting quality. They adapt to, resist and converse with their environments, and when brought together, they unfold their many aspects in gregarious and often surprising ways.
She works with slippages between scientific models such as chemical structure and natural history specimens, and what we might call social, cultural, political or economic processes. Themes such as migration and value systems (material, aesthetic) permeate her work, which finds expression in sculpture, video and drawing.
Exhibitions include ZONE1, viennacontemporary, Galerie Wonnerth Dejaco (2023), On the New. Viennese Scenes and Beyond, Belvedere 21. Museum of Contemporary Art, Vienna (2023), Giveaways/Hideaways, Festival der Regionen, Lungitz/Gusen III Bahnhof (2023), The Ass in the Tiger’s skin, GOMO, Vienna (2023), MAAAAAAACH, Memphis, Linz, (2022), The Devil to Pay in the Backlands, Neuer Kunstverein Wien (2022), Independent Space Index, Vienna (2022), Ajker, Tati, London (2022), Flight Mode, SET, London (2022), Entre Amis Quatre, French Riviera, London (2021), Haus Wien (2021), Intersectional Commeration Club Risograph Reader #1, Berlin (2021), Bobsche Combo, Austrian Cultural Forum Warsaw (2019), Brishty Alam, Parallel Vienna Art Fair (2019), Fig. 2, Center for Contemporary Arts Celje (2019) and Stoff Band Nacht, Kunsthaus Hamburg (2017).
Her works are part of the Austrian Federal Arthotek and the Wien Museum, and she has been awarded the City of Vienna’s annual Work Grant (2024) as well as the Mentoring-Program-Kunst alumni scholarship of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (2021). She has also been newly elected co-president of the VBKÖ (Austrian Association of Austrian Association of Wom*n Artists).
Brishty graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, with a year in HFBK Hamburg, and completed her degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge. She has taught at the University of Applied Arts Vienna since 2014, where she is currently doing research at the department of Transcultural Studies, and also lectured at Sculpture & Transmediale Space, University of Arts Linz (2022–2023).