Sahra Motalebi (b. 1979) is an artist, composer, vocalist and writer born in Birmingham Alabama. Often formatted as performance-exhibition, her work includes opera, scenographic installation, vocal composition and recordings, painting, sculpture, video and text. Her projects have been exhibited and she has performed internationally at The Kitchen, SculptureCenter, Swiss Institute, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum Ludwig, Hydra School Projects, Watermill Center, the Villa Empain, MoMA PS1 and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Starting in 2016, Motalebi is presenting a multi-year series of events, performances and a book as part of an open-form opera called DIRECTORY OF PORTRAYALS. In 2019, Motalebi will participate in the 79th Whitney Biennial.


She has collaborated with Sophia Al-Maria, Kai Althoff, Daren Bader, Rafael de Cardenas, Jesper Just, Sibyl Kempson, Asad Raza, Will Rawls, the Yves Klein Archives. Motalebi graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, having studied classical vocal performance, painting, and the history of art and architecture. She attended the Master of Architecture Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture focusing on the relationship between visual art, architecture, and performance. She lives in New York.


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