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Born 1968

Sarah Pierce (born 1968) is a photographer who lives and works in Dublin. Since 2003 she has used the term The Metropolitan Complex to describe her project, characterised by forms of gathering, both historical examples and those she initiates. The processes of research and presentation that Pierce undertakes demonstrate a broad understanding of cultural work and a continual renegotiation of the terms for making art, the potential for dissent, and self-determination. Pierce works with installation, performance, archives, talks and papers, often opening these up to the personal and the incidental in ways that challenge received histories and accepted forms. Her interests include radical pedagogies and student work, art historical legacies and figures such as El Lissitzky, August Rodin, and Eva Hesse, and theories of community and love founded in Maurice Blanchot and Georges Bataille. Pierce is a Lecturer in the School of Visual Culture at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin where she co-leads the Masters program Art in the Contemporary World. She holds a PhD in Curatorial/Knowledge from Goldsmiths College, London and an MFA from the College of Architecture Art & Planning at Cornell University, Ithaca. She is a past participant of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York.