Visual artist Sarah Browne’s project imagines the gym or leisure centre as a space of transformation.
The project intends to explore physical movement and non-verbal experience, to create unexpected encounters and opportunities for reflection and learning.
Sarah Browne uses social and sculptural processes of engagement to address non-verbal, bodily experiences of knowledge, labour and justice.
Recent solo exhibitions include Report to an Academy, Marabourparken, Stockholm (2017); Hand to Mouth, CCA Derry~Londonderry & IMA, Brisbane (2014) and The Invisible Limb, basis, Frankfurt (2014). In 2016, with Jesse Jones, she made In the Shadow of the State, a major co-commission by Artangel and Create. This involved collaboration with women in the fields of law, music, material culture and midwifery, addressing women’s experience of the ‘touch of the law’ through a series of legal workshops and performances in Derry, Liverpool, Dublin and London. In 2009, Browne co-represented Ireland at the 53rd Venice Biennale with Gareth Kennedy and Kennedy Browne, their shared collaborative practice. She lectures in the Department of Sculpture and Expanded Practice at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and is artist in residence at UCD School of Law and Social Science for 2017.
Image: Sarah Browne with students from Killinarden Community School, How to Swim on Dry Land, 2017. Still from 2 channel video, 3 minute loop. Commissioned by Jennie Guy / Art School.