Sahra Motalebi is a visual artist, composer, vocalist and writer born in Birmingham Alabama. Her work includes vocal performance and recordings, opera, installation, as well as painting, sculpture and video. Motalebi’s projects lay at the intersections of visual culture, architecture, and performance within which she explores the construction of narrative, its events and artifacts.

Her work has been exhibited and she performed internationally at the Kitchen, SculptureCenter, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum Ludwig, Hydra School Projects, Watermill Center, the Villa Empain, Primetime, Gavin Brown's Enterprise.  In 2008 Motalebi’s multi-channel video installation and vocal performance “Such is the Game of Authenticity” was performed at MoMA PS1. Her shadow play “Intangible Heritages, Belief’s Demise” was presented at SculptureCenter in 2014 as part of In Practice. She performed “Sounds from Untitled Skies” at The Kitchen in New York on September 15, 2015. Motalebi will present a series of exhibitions, staged performances, and a book as part of an opera called "Rendering What Remains" over 2016 and 2017.   

Motalebi studied classical vocal performance, painting, and the history of art and architecture at Sarah Lawrence College. She attended the Master of Architecture Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture focusing on the relationship between architecture, contemporary art and performance. She lives in New York.


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