New Orleans, Louisiana
Sara Madandar is an Iranian multi-disciplinary artist based in New Orleans. She received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and her BA in painting from the Azad University of Art and Architecture in Tehran. Through a range of media—including painting, video, installation, and performance—Madandar explores migration and the human experience of living in between cultures. Her work uses the aesthetics of language, clothing, and bodies to study the complexities of cross-cultural experiences. Madandar’s most recent accolades include an award from the Texas Visual Artists Association (TVAA) and an award from the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) for an exhibition curated by Jessica Beck of the Andy Warhol Museum. Sara’s work has been featured at Co-Lab Projects, Elga Wimmer PCC, New Orleans Museum of Art, Austin City Hall, New Orleans Contemporary Art Center, Elisabeth Ney Museum, Mom Gallery, Courtyard Gallery, and the Asian American Resource Center.
Joan Mitchell Center Residency, 2021
My work is often about the relationship of humans to their bodies and covers, like clothes and hair. Like that relationship, it changes and evolves every day. I use the work to tell stories of my life, about joy and pain, oppression and resistance, finding a common thread within those to connect myself to other life stories. Having grown up in Iran and moved to the United States, the tension of living in between cultures has been an ever-evolving inspiration for these themes.”