DUBAI: Saudi artist Sarah Brahim is making waves with her multidisciplinary collaborative work – before her performance at the Lyon Biennale in September, a Riyadh-based choreographer, dancer and artist discusses her contemporary art.
Brahim, 30, has studied dance since the age of only three, an education she says was a fundamental preparation for her career as a visual artist.
“My background in dance allowed me to study the body in space, the body in motion, and the experiences of the body – how the body fits into architecture, music and silence,” she explained. “All these experiences prepared me for my current mode of expression. My practice is now both experimental and research-based. I look for something that is powerful or strong or really important and then work with that in whatever medium is best suited to express it.”
Brahim, who calls himself a performance and visual artist, studied, choreographed, performed and taught jazz, contemporary, ballet and tap dance. She attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and in 2016 she received a bachelor’s degree in contemporary dance from the London Contemporary Dance School.
Since then, she has collaborated with professional artists in the US, Europe and the Middle East, exploring a variety of subjects through her performance, film and installation work.
The artist explores themes of loss, identity, boundaries, the veil, migration, the experiences of women of color and individuals living in an international existence. Brahim has shown his work around the world including Italy, Saudi Arabia, USA and UK.
Her most recent work, “Soft Machines / Far Away Engines”, launched in 2021 for the first Diriyah Contemporary Biennale in Riyadh, shows individuals on screen interacting, moving, connecting and embracing each other. revealed. The small gestures, says the artist, are “amplified through repetition and layering, adding to multidimensional images of beauty.”
The way Brahim worked with the technical framework that brought his work to the audience, in addition to his sensitivity to how the body is used to present thoughts, ideas, and feelings, was a singularity of a world that Reveals visions that are both intimate and ethereal interconnected.
In September, Brahim will show the same work at the Leon Biennale, taking place from September 14 to December 31, originally expected to open in 2021. The pandemic-deferred edition, curated this year by duo Sam Bardouil and Till Felrath. , who has worked long hours with artists from across the Arab world, tackles the idea of fragility.
“The installation will be changed slightly to be site-specific for the factory I am working at in Lyon,” Brahim told Arab News. “I am working to make certain elements of the piece more impactful through the sound and visuals and for the overall experience. I want the guests to feel that they are inside the performance that is being offered “
Brahim is also showing 10 works in cyanotype prints on cotton from his series “Who We’re Out of the Dark,” which he started in 2020 and continues to do. Her dreamy, abstract and thought-provoking series explores the concept of generational grief through the idea of epigenetics, the study of how your behavior and environment can make changes that affect the way one’s genes work. Huh.
“The work depicts various symbols for suffering,” she said. “Because I couldn’t find symbols that would resonate with the sadness I was experiencing and I thought of researching and creating new symbols and externalizing them so that I could understand my pain and the subject more deeply “
Brahim’s cyanotypes will be displayed in various museums in Lyon.