Sarah Rodigari

Evenings In Residence promises to be a highlight of our public engagement program as the 12 Australian Residency Artists working and living at the Pier offer insights into their concerns and responses to Marina Abramović: In Residence.

5-5:45pm: SCREENING

A cinematic doppelganger without precedent...[director Elisabeth] Subrin and her creative collaborator Kim Soss resurrect a little-known 1967 documentary portrait of a young Chicago art student, who a few years later would become a notable figure in Second Wave feminism, and author of the radical 1970 manifesto, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution. Reflecting on her life and times, Shulie functions as a prism for refracting questions of gender, race and class that resonate in our era as in hers, while through painstaking mediation, Subrin makes manifest the eternal return of film.

—Mark MacElhatten and Gavin Smith, Curators, Views from the Avant Garde (New York Film Festival, 1997)

  • Elisabeth Subrin, Shulie, 1997 (36 mins)

6-7pm: REGARDING SARAH RODIGARI (live performance, 30 mins)

Using images and archived materials, the life, aesthetics and fashions of Sarah Rodigari will be traced through live accounts from friends, family and fellow artists.



Sarah Rodigari creates performances that address economies of exchange pertaining to socio-political engagement, shared authorship and new institutional critique. Working at the intersections of theatre, visual art and social practice her method is responsive and context specific. Recent projects take the form of lecture, text, video, collaboration and curation.

Rodigari has presented work at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, Melbourne International Arts Festival, South Project (Indonesia), PACT Zollverein (Germany), Centre for Contemporary Art Glasgow, The National Review of Live Art (UK), Anti-Contemporary Arts Festival (Finland), and SOMA (Mexico City). Sarah has a BA (Hons) in Sociology (UNSW), a Masters in Fine Art (RMIT) and is currently a PhD candidate in Creative Art at the University of Wollongong. She recently published a chapter on performance art, and sympathetic magic for the publication Travel and Transformation and co-edited the book Going Down, an anthology of contemporary Sydney performance. Rodigari is a founding member of the collective Field Theory; who make and support art projects that cross disciplines, shift contexts and seek new strategies for intervening in the public sphere.

Rodigari’s approach to making work includes responding to the project brief in the site where the work is presented. In short this means she won’t know what will happen until she arrives at Pier 2/3. The artwork will be realised in the process of its making, live in the present moment and in relation to the viewer.


Sarah Rodigari. Photo courtesy the artist.



PIER 2/3