Title: The Maternal Phallus
Paul Amlehn is an interdisciplinary artist, of Italian, Irish, and Maori descent, who was born in New Zealand, in 1970. He has lived and worked in London, Vienna, and New York, and is currently living in Wellington, New Zealand. He works in the mediums of: text, painting, photography, music, performance, and film.
Amlehn’s writings have been published in literary journals in 23 countries, and have been translated into 7 languages. He has been published in journals such as Exquisite Corpse, the California Quarterly, Poetry Salzburg, and Evergreen Review.
Amlehn’s visual art works have been placed in the video library of MoMA, the collections of Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie, and documenta Archiv, among others. His works have been exhibited in galleries and museums such as the Chelsea Art Museum, Artists Space, and TATE Liverpool, and at festivals such as Art 42 Basel (with the Serpentine Gallery), Documenta 14, and the 51st, 55th, 57th, and 58th Venice Biennales.
Paul Amlehn has collaborated on music projects with musicians such as Robert Fripp (King Crimson), Ulrich Krieger (Lou Reed), David Van Tieghem (Laurie Anderson), Gerd Bessler (Tom Waits), and others, and with members of the Kronos Quartet and the Philip Glass Ensemble. The cover art for his albums have been provided by filmmaker and visual artist David Lynch and artist Gerhard Richter.
Amlehn is currently working on an album of music, titled: A Walk to the End of the World, with texts and vocals by William S. Burroughs, in cooperation with the Burroughs Estate. He is also working on a dance theater work, Cage/Cunningham: Love Letters, with texts and music by John Cage, courtesy of the John Cage Trust.
Amlehn is also currently directing a feature film: Monument to the Unimaginable, with actors and actresses Philippe Nahon (Gaspar Noe), Anne Louise Hassing (Lars von Trier), Kate Moran (Peter Greenaway), and Stefania Casini (Andy Warhol).