Using a site-sensitive approach, Sandrine Schaefer’s work offers opportunities to gather and proposes ways we may share time that are not accessible elsewhere in life. Her work often presents as durational performance art installations that intend to break traditional viewing behaviors by de-privileging sight as the primary sense to engage the work; rewarding the curious; and using extended duration and repetition to cultivate spaces for return.
Over the past decade, Sandrine’s work has been exhibited internationally in performance art festivals, galleries, museums, and public spaces. Sandrine has been awarded fellowships through the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Tanne Foundation, the ICA James and Audrey Foster Prize, the Boston Foundation’s Brother Thomas Fund and Live Arts Boston grant, and she is a 2016 Edes Award Semi-Finalist. In addition to her studio art practice, Sandrine is an independent curator and co-founder of The Present Tense, an art initiative that has been producing and archiving live art events, festivals, and exchanges in transient spaces. Since 2005, The Present Tense has produced and collaborated on more than 26 live art festivals, exhibitions, and co-founded the award winning gallery, MEME in Cambridge, MA. Sandrine is also a member of the seminal artist group, Mobius (est. 1977). Independently and through The Present Tense and Mobius, Sandrine has exhibited hundreds of contemporary artists at various stages in their careers who utilize live action in their work. In addition, Sandrine’s writing on contemporary art has been published internationally in numerous online and print publications and she is an Adjunct Professor at several universities throughout Massachusetts.