Sahra Motalebi, Directory of Portrayals, 2019. Performance view, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. Image courtesy Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. ©️Paula Court. Photograph by Paula Court
Sahra Motalebi will be in residence at the Chinati Foundation for the months of March and April 2020. An interdisciplinary artist, Motalebi employs modes of installation and scenographic construction, to, in her words, “explore experimental narrative forms at the intersections of visual art, architecture, text, and performance.” She is currently working on an installation of sculptures entitled Resonators, a suite of imaginary instruments.
Motalebi’s ongoing performance-exhibition Directory of Portrayals was included in the 2019 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Other projects have been performed/exhibited at the Kitchen, SculptureCenter, MoMA PS1, the New Museum, Swiss Center (all New York City), and other museums and venues. Motalebi was born in Birmingham, Alabama, graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, and currently lives in upstate New York.
The Locker Plant, East Oak Street
The Chinati Foundation
Resonators is an installation and a suite of “instruments” that require real-time imaginal engagement for activation. Part of a broader corpus of work about experience and material as they affect creative utterance and performance in the Digital Age— this project engages multiple ideas about participation, subjectivity, digitality, as well as histories of technology. Using the formal syntax of computational, geological, and psychoacoustic organization, the taxonomy of playthings accumulates over the course of the open-form exhibition. The Resonators consist of sculptures as visionary prototypes, bodily scores, and diagrams for limitless voices.
The Chinati Foundation's Artist in Residence program is generously supported by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation and the Chinati Contemporary Council. Chinati is grateful for the generous financial support of our members and the support and in-kind contributions of the people of Marfa.