Using a site-sensitive approach, the work of Sandrine Schaefer offers opportunities to gather and proposes ways to share time not accessible elsewhere in life. Sandrine's artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally through the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Kunstgarasjen in Bergen, Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery in Chicago, VIVA! Art Action in Montreal, and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. They have received awards through the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Tanne Foundation, the ICA Foster Prize, the Boston Foundation, and Vermont Studio Center. Sandrine holds a BFA from SMFA at Tufts and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Sandrine believes it is an artist’s responsibility to uplift the work of others. To practice this belief, Sandrine’s work extends into arts organizing, independent curation, writing and teaching. They have co-founded a number of artist run initiatives and art spaces, their writing on contemporary time-based art has been included in international print and online publications, and they serve on the Artists Advisory Council at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.
Positioning the live encounter as primary, my interdisciplinary art practice is social and collaborative. My work most often presents as performance art installations that challenge conventional viewing tendencies by using repetition, long duration, and strategies that reward curious viewing with multi-sensory elements. My research interests include witnessing politics in performance art that unfolds over long durations and art actions sited in non-art designated spaces. My most current work explores everyday encounters in urban wilds between humans and other-than-human animals considered “nuisance species”. Specifically, I have been working with the resident population of geese in Greater Boston who nest in public spaces with queer histories. Celebrating our interspecies entanglements, this work reimagines ways for humans to be in relationship with their surrounding other-than-human worlds.