Sandrine Schaefer

Using a site-sensitive approach, the work of Sandrine Schaefer offers opportunities to gather and proposes ways to share time not accessible elsewhere in life. Positioning the live encounter as primary, Sandrine’s interdisciplinary art practice is inherently social and collaborative. Their work most often presents as performance art installations that challenge conventional viewing tendencies by using repetition, long duration, and strategies that reward curious viewers with multisensory elements. Their work has been exhibited internationally in galleries, museums, performance art festivals, and non-art designated spaces. Sandrine has received awards from the ICA Foster Prize, the Boston Foundation, the Tanne Foundation, the Edes Award, Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, Vermont Studio Center, and Boston Center for the Arts. Working from the belief that it is an artist’s responsibility to uplift the work of others, Sandrine’s practice extends into curatorial projects, archiving, and teaching. They co-founded The Present Tense Live Art Initiative + Archive Project (2004-2014), The Contaminate International Performance Art Festival (2005-2007), and the award winning gallery, MEME in Cambridge, MA (2009-2011). Sandrine was a member of the experimental artist group and presenting organization, Mobius (2014-2018). Independently and through their work with The Present Tense, MEME, and Mobius, Sandrine has supported hundreds of contemporary artists at various stages in their careers who utilize live action in their work. Sandrine’s writing on contemporary art has been published internationally in numerous online and print publications, they teach at several universities throughout Massachusetts, and currently serve on the Artist Advisory Council at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.