Sarah Browne is an artist based in Ireland. Her research-based practice investigates the materiality of knowledge, attending to the intersection of invisible structures of power with bodily experience. This sculptural practice includes writing, publishing, performance and public projects, encountered both within and outside gallery environments, as well as extensive collaboration.
Recent solo exhibitions include Hand to Mouth at CCA Derry~Londonderry & Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, and The Invisible Limb, basis, Frankfurt (both 2014). Selected group exhibitions include From a Poem to a Sunset, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin; The Pattern Exchange, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin (both 2015); The Peacock, Grazer Kunstverein and One Foot in the Real World, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (both 2013). In 2009 she co-represented Ireland at the 53rd Venice Biennale with Gareth Kennedy and Kennedy Browne, their shared collaborative practice. In 2015 she produced Between a Dog and a Wolf: an Animal Empathy Workbook with CCA Derry~Londonderry. This publication and series of workshops explored both our intimate relationships with non-human animals as well as the roles assigned to such creatures in public and political life, in an attempt to redraw boundaries around established groups and values in the city. In 2016, she has developed Report to an Academy, a film essay and workshop commissioned for Manual Labours, a research project focused on the ‘complaining body’ in the contemporary workplace.
In 2016 with Jesse Jones she has made In the Shadow of the State, a major collaborative co-commission for Artangel and Create (Ireland). This work involved close collaboration with women in the fields of law, music, material culture and midwifery, and addressed the position of the female body as the focus of repressed histories and political desires under the regulation of the nation State. This transnational project unfolded as a series of four performances and legal drafting workshops in Derry, Liverpool, Dublin and London. Browne currently lectures in the Department of Sculpture and Expanded Practice at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.