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, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum Ludwig, Hydra School Projects, Watermill Center, the Villa Empain, MoMA PS1 and the Whitney Museum of American Art.  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. Starting in 2016, Motalebi will present a multi-year series of events, performances and a book as part of an open-form opera called DIRECTORY OF PORTRAYALS (from Rendering What Remains).   

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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