Artist based in Linz, Austria
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Sarah Decristoforo *1983, lives and works in Linz. She attended the Higher Technical Institute for Art and Design in Innsbruck/Tyrol and studied Fine Arts at the University of Art in Linz. Since 2009 she took part in several international exhibitions among others at "cultural bunker Dora" in Trondheim/Norway, at the International Biennale for Young Art in Moscow/Russia, at "Taxispalais Kunsthalle Tyrol" in Innsbruck and at the "ZAK Center for Contemporary Art" in Berlin/Germany. She received various awards, grants, and scholarships. A residency at the "Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction" in Bloomington/USA during a scholarship gave a significant impulse on her current work. She is a member of the Tyrolean Artists' Association and works currently as university assistant at the Institute of Sculptural Conception at the University of Art in Linz.
A fundamental principle of Sarah Decristoforo's multimedia and text works is the exploration of films, images, texts, symbolic languages and the aesthetics of everyday culture and media. She discusses gender roles as well as political and social practices of power, entering intimate, sometimes obscene realms. In her research-based work she analyzes cultural expressions and puts them into a new context which is as direct as graffitis or pornographic footage, but also reflected like scientific works. Whatever the medium is Decristoforo chooses, her searing linguistic potpourris offer no easy escape.