Sara Muthi - Studio Incubation Award
June - July 2019
Draíocht continues its INCUBATE 2019 Studio Residency programme for emerging and early-career visual artists, offering them time and space to research, test new ideas and develop new work.
04 June - 12 July 2019
Born in Transylvania, Romania (1996) Sara Muthi is a Dublin based writer and researcher. Her practice deals primarily with performance art and the questions surrounding its ontology, i.e. the fundamental characteristics that allow it to be performance art and how it’s definition is challenged by contemporary live art practices. Sara writes on, researches, commissions and curates performance both independently and as part of in:Action (inaction.ie) the Live Art Review along with editor-in-chief Dr. El Putnam.
Sara is a researcher in residence at Draíocht as part of its INCUBATE programme 2019. Here she is researching and commissioning a new performance in collaboration with various institutions, artists and scholars surrounding her research into ‘Post-Dance’. ‘Post-Dance’ is a “source concept”, it lacks a theory and defined content, it is a container of sorts that Sara is using to open new initiatives into the melding of dance and performance art. This project is funded by Fingal County Council’s Artists’ Support Scheme.
Sara graduated with a degree in Fine Art Painting and Visual Culture from NCAD in 2016. Later she returned and graduated with her MA in Art in the Contemporary World in 2018. In 2017 she became managing editor of in:Action, the Irish Live Art review, with whom she curated the performance event and panel discussion Anticipation: Actualisation (2018) at the NCAD Gallery featuring artists Paula Fitzsimons, Leann Herlihy, Ciara McKeon, Rachael Rankin and speakers Nigel Rolfe, Dr. Sarah Pierce and Dr. Hilary Murray. Sara has worked closely with Block Universe, London’s leading performance art festival as an administrator and artist liaison for its most recent 5th anniversary edition, which featured an extensive 14 day programme including performances by internationally renowned artists, a conference at the Tate Modern and a symposium at Goldsmiths University. Recent texts include 'MAKing Art: The PAINTing Exhibition' for VAN and; 'Homo Lundens (Man at Play)', an accompanying essay for Black Church Print Studios (2018). Sara is currently a Gallery Assistant at the Hang Tough Gallery in Portobello.
Images: Ciara McKeon, Leann Herlihy, Paula Fitzsimons performing at Anticipation: Actualisation (2018), NCAD Gallery. Photos by Misha Beglin.