Talk: Sarah Pierce
During her time in Vancouver, Pierce will work closely with third-year visual art students on questions around the archive and its role as a generative source in contemporary art practice. She will lead seminars and work with students in the studio. Pierce will also present a lecture that is open to the public.
Together with Pierce, the students will present No-Place, No-Time, an exhibition that will engage with ideas around the reanimation of documents, objects or events of the past. Pierce’s work Campus (2011) will be re-presented alongside a diverse range of student work that will include painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, textiles, and performance inspired by items chosen from SFU Archives and SFU Library’s Special Collections.
Sarah Pierce is an artist based in Dublin. Since 2003 she has used the term The Metropolitan Complex to describe her project, characterised by forms of gathering, both historical examples and those she initiates. The processes of research and presentation that Pierce undertakes demonstrate a broad understanding of cultural work and a continual renegotiation of the terms for making art, the potential for dissent, and self-determination. Pierce works with installation, performance, archives, talks and papers, often opening these up to the personal and the incidental in ways that challenge received histories and forms of making. Her sources include civil rights movements and student governments, art historical legacies and the work of figures such as El Lissitzky, August Rodin, and Eva Hesse, and theories of community and love founded in Maurice Blanchot and Georges Bataille.