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Sahra Motalebi

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Birthplace
Birmingham Alabama

Birth year
1979

Website

Statement

Sahra Motalebi is a visual artist, composer and singer born in Birmingham Alabama, 1979. Her work has been performed and exhibited at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, MoMA/PS1, Gladstone Gallery, Museum Ludwig, National Portrait Gallery/ Smithsonian Institute, Vancouver Art Gallery, and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise/Passerby.  Motalebi has collaborated with artists Kai Althoff and Mariah Robertson, and performed with Antony Hegarty.  She has also presented work in connection with Dominique Lévy, the Yves Klein Archivess as well as Arts in Embassies for the US State Department. Motalebi’s studio albums and recording projects are released on her recording imprint Static Recital.

She received a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College with concentrations in studio art, the history of art and architecture, and classical vocal performance. Motalebi focused on architecture and performance in the Masters of Architecture Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture.She lives in New York. 

                         

CV

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions & Performances

2014

Intangible Heritages, Belief’s Demise

vocal performance and installation for In Practice: Chance Motives

SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY

2013

Iterations (Concrete) I & II

vocal piece, dance performance and sound piece for four rooms

featuring Matt Marinelli, Sam Greenleaf Miller Katy Pyle, Juri Onuki

Dominique Lévy at Academy Mansion, New York, NY

2012

Life is God’s Musical: 4 Movements with Mariah Robertson,

vocal sound piece and a cappella choral performance

for Art in Embassies 50th Year Celebration

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.

2012

Ibex [diagrams for an empty stage],

video installation and vocal performance,

Primetime and Know More Games, Brooklyn, NY

2011

3rds, Shards & Space,

installation and vocal performance,

Ofr, Paris, FR

2011

collaborative closing performances
for Kai Althoff’s "Punkt, Absatz, Blümli (period, paragraph, Bluemli)"

Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY

2010

Spoken Glass,

installation and vocal performance,

Primetime, Brooklyn, NY

2009

Such is the Game of Authenticity

video installation and vocal performance
for Saturday Sessions, 100 Years (version #2, ps1, nov 2009),
MoMA P.S.1, Queens, NY

2009

Studies for Authenticity (crystal series),

installation,

Historic Bank Gallery, Tularosa, NM

2008

for Antony & the Johnsons

performance for Another World EP Release,

P.S.1 Clocktower Gallery, New York, NY

2008

I Will Be Last with Kai Althoff,

collaborative dance-theater performance,

Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2008

for Cleopatra’s Come On

vocal performance

Cleopatra’s at Glasslands Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2008

Blankenship

vocal performance

for Get Weird performance series,

New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY

2008

Before the Tender Mortal Means

vocal performance

Clemente Soto Velez Theater, New York, NY

2006

Feeding the Ghosts

vocal performance

Hiro Ballroom at The Maritime Hotel, New York, NY

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2009

Survey: a group show,

vPPR, London, UK

2009

Cleopatra's: Trade Secrets,

John Connelly Presents, New York, NY

2009  

Apartment Show #1,

Apartment #1 Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY

2007

Cabin Fever: New Drawings,

Rivington Arms, New York, NY

2007

Underbite/Overbite,

Ritter Zamet, London, UK

2007

Wu/Googolplex,

Gavin Brown’s Enterprise/Passerby, New York, NY

2004

A Woman’s Work,
Lower East Side Girls Club,

New York, NY

2003

Be In,

Rivington Arms, New York, NY    

 

Recordings & Special Projects

 

2014

OfficeUS - US Pavillion for the Venice Architecture Biennale,

global outpost collaboration with partners.

Venice, Italy

2014

The Last Illusion one-act opera

adaptation, libretto and performance of a novel by Porochista Khakpour

Powerhouse Arena, Brooklyn, NY

2013

Music Direction & Production for

Yves Klein’s Monotone Silence Symphony

Dominique Lévy and the Yves Klein Archives

Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York, NY.

2013

Evolving Pivot (Static Recital)

featured in Tess Giberson Fall 2013 Presentation “Evolution”

Chelsea Piers Studio, New York, NY.

2012

Taking the Veil (Static Recital)

featured in Tess Giberson FW 2012 Fashion show “Wrap”

Eyebeam Gallery, New York, NY.

2011

No Synth (Long) & No Synth (Short)

featured in a film series by Petrova Giberson

with Mirabelle Marden for Tess Giberson Spring/Summer 2012

(Static Recital)

2011 - 2010

Spoken Glass (Static Recital, EP),
Part of a performance - installation series:
Spoken Glass (2010), Primetime, Brooklyn, NY,
3rds, Shards & Space (2011) OFR, Paris, FR

2009

for The Editions Artists Book Fair

Benefiting P.S.1 Annual Exhibitions Fund,

opening night: special music set, X Initiative Space, New York, NY.

2009

Migrators, video

performance & original music with Jay Israelson

Video directed by Colin Whitaker, premiere Interview Magazine Online.

2009

Untitled - piano versions (Static Recital, EP)

arrangements by Jay Israelson

performance - installation Such is the Game of Authenticity at MoMA/PS1, Queens, NY.

2009 - 2008

Tender Mortal Means (Static Recital, EP)

performance - installation Such is the Game of Authenticity at MoMA/PS1, Queens, NY.

2008 - 2007

Pearling,

video performance & original music,

Video directed by Brett Milspaw.

2007 Blankenship (Static Recital, EP)

2007-2013

Static Recital (co-founder) - Independent performance & recording imprint.

2006

Feeding the Ghosts (Static Recital, EP)

2005

for Lansing Dreiden

L-D Section I, Seattle, Washington, Austin, Texas, New York, NY

Recent Exhibits

Sahra Motalebi participated in these exhibits:

Feb, 2014 In Practice: Chance Motives
Sculpture Center
 
Apr, 2009 cleopatra's- TUNNEL ROOM
John Connelly Presents
 
Sep, 2007 The Wu-Tang / googolplex Show (Congress)
GBE@passerby
 
May, 2007 Overbite/Underbite
Ritter/Zamet
 
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