Sarah Browne’s work is concerned with non-verbal, bodily experiences of knowledge, labour and justice. Her practice involves sculpture, writing, film, performance and public projects. During her residency in Rua Red in 2019 she will be working on a public art commission for In Context 4, South Dublin County Council’s public art programme, titled Public feeling.
Public feeling considers the ways our bodies are changing – physically and socially – in a post-austerity context in Ireland. Browne’s project responds to the gym or leisure centre as a space where the bodies of citizens are trained, transformed and cared for. Public feeling will be realised as a series of participatory performances, staged in the format of fitness classes, in South Dublin County leisure centres in November 2019.
Her recent solo exhibitions include Report to an Academy, Marabouparken Konsthall, Stockholm (2017), Hand to Mouth at CCA Derry~Londonderry & Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, and The Invisible Limb, basis, Frankfurt (both 2014). In 2016 with Jesse Jones she made In the Shadow of the State, a major collaborative co-commission for Artangel (UK) and Create (Ireland). This work involved close collaboration with women in the fields of law, music, material culture and midwifery, and unfolded as a series of four performances and legal drafting workshops in Derry, Liverpool, Dublin and London. In 2009 she co-represented Ireland at the 53rd Venice Biennale with Gareth Kennedy and Kennedy Browne, their shared collaborative practice.
Image: Sarah Browne, BREAKDOWN, 2017. 45 minute lecture performance / spinning class. Performer: Shirley Harthey Ubilla. Photo: Mikaela Krestesen.