Professor of Visual Art, Manchester School of Art & Artistic Director (Visual Art), HOME Manchester |
Sarah’s practice looks at contemporary cross art form curation, with a focus on artist film and performance, and what this means for producers, curators, artists, audiences and beyond in the international and post-digital arena.
How is contemporary visual art responding to the new mediums and spaces of interaction as established borders and terrains evolve, collapse and reposition? How does technology and the socio-political climate both react and influence cross art form curation?
Sarah weaves together contemporary curation, commissioning, producing and programming, creative writing and academia to move across traditional terrains of history of art, visual studies, film studies, cultural studies, museum management, curatorial studies and production from fine art to film to theatre, expanding the possibilities of each with both audiences and artists.
Sarah Perks set up the internationally acclaimed HOME Artist Film in 2011, and Feature Expanded in 2014 – an innovative EU training programme for visual artists making their first feature film. She has curated and published extensively, working with artists including Al & Al, Phil Collins, Jeremy Deller, Stanya Kahn, Rosa Barba, Rachel Maclean, Rashid Rana, and Clifford Owens. Recent exhibitions include Imitation of Life: Race and Melodrama in the 21st Century (including new publication Fear Eats the Soul) and The heart is deceitful above all things (including new publication Transactions of Desire), both with Omar Kholeif.