Sarah Browne’s research-based practice investigates the materiality of how we communicate and create shared meaning through exchange and transaction. She uses the peculiar status of the art object, and its uncertain purpose, as a hinge to lever discussions about economy, value and politics. She also collaborates with Gareth Kennedy under the name Kennedy Browne. Recent exhibitions include The Peacock, Grazer Kunstverein, Austria; One Foot in the Real World, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; The Twentieth Century as Never Seen Before, Museo di Santa Giulia, Brescia (2013); How to Use Fool’s Gold, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2012); Second Burial at Le Blanc, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2011); Minimalism and Applied II, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, and Unto This Last, Raven Row, London (both 2010). In 2009 she co-represented Ireland at the 53rd Venice Biennale with Gareth Kennedy and Kennedy Browne. She currently lectures at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.
Sarah Browne’s work for Manual Labours is concerned with the academic environment as a workplace. Her project, titled Report to an Academy (drawing from the Kafka story of the same title), explores the physical sensations and impacts of speech, in search of new forms of articulacy and agility.