Sarah Browne is an artist based in Ireland concerned with spoken and unspoken, bodily experiences of knowledge, labour and justice. This practice involves sculpture, film, performance and public projects, as well as forms of writing and publishing in diverse contexts.
Recent solo exhibitions include Report to an Academy, Marabouparken, Stockholm (2017), Hand to Mouth at CCA Derry~Londonderry & Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, and The Invisible Limb, basis, Frankfurt (both 2014). Selected group exhibitions include Bergen Assembly (2019), TOUCH, nGbK, Berlin (2018), On the Subject of the Ready-made Daimler Contemporary, Berlin (2017); All Men Become Sisters, Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz (2015) and The Peacock, Grazer Kunstverein (2013). In 2016 with Jesse Jones she made In the Shadow of the State, a collaborative co-commission for Artangel and Create. This work involved close collaboration with women in the fields of law, music, material culture and midwifery, to explore the 'touch' of the law, and proposed a hypersensitivity to contact with the state. This transnational project unfolded as a series of four performances and legal drafting workshops in Derry, Liverpool, Dublin and London, staged in a domestic home, a feminist bookshop / internet broadcast, a maternity hospital and a former children's court. In 2019 she presented Public feeling, a public art commission for South Dublin County Council. This project explored the health impacts of austerity on the individual and collective body and the politics of 'resilience'. Informed by fitness choreography, the project was realised as a series of participatory performances in public leisure centres in the county, staged in the format of fitness classes.
In 2009 she co-represented Ireland at the 53rd Venice Biennale with Gareth Kennedy and Kennedy Browne, their shared collaborative practice. Browne is associate artist in residence with University College Dublin College of Social Sciences and Law.