Photo by Daniel S. DeLuca

Sandrine Schaefer

Fall 2019 Visual Artist Resident

Artist Statement

Using a site-sensitive approach, Sandrine Schaefer’s work offers opportunities to gather and proposes ways to share time not accessible elsewhere in life. Often presenting as performance art installation, Sandrine’s work breaks traditional viewing behaviors by de-privileging sight as the primary sense; rewarding curious viewers; and using extended duration and repetition to cultivate spaces for return.Since 2004, Sandrine’s work has been exhibited internationally in galleries, museums, performance art festivals, and non-art designated spaces. Sandrine has received awards through the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Tanne Foundation, the ICA Foster Prize, the Boston Foundation, and the Edes Finalist Award. In addition to their studio art practice, Sandrine is an independent curator and co-founder ofThe Present Tense Live Art Initiative + Archive and the former award-winning gallery, MEME in Cambridge, MA. Through these endeavors, Sandrine has exhibited hundreds of contemporary artists at various stages in their careers who utilize live action in their work. Sandrine’s writing on contemporary time-based art has been published in international online and print publications. Sandrine teaches in several interdisciplinary art departments at universities throughout the United States.