Short biography

© Sarah Duffy, photo by Corey-Bartle Sanderson
© Sarah Duffy, photo by Corey-Bartle Sanderson

Sarah Duffy

Visual Arts

June, July, August 2022

Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur des Landes Brandenburg

Sarah Duffy’s practice is interdisciplinary: spanning performance, sound, video and installation, with a focus on uncovering hidden narratives and making visible intangible elements of our world. This interest has led to an on-going investigation into the human voice and its immaterial properties. Duffy often attempts to embody her research; for example, in response to an extensive period of study into the spiritualist history of ventriloquism performed by female mystics, she spent 7 months training to become a ventriloquist, eventually staging unique site-specific performances in locations, such as a former interrogation chamber and a tunnel under The River Thames. Sarah Duffy (b.1986) lives and works in the UK. Duffy graduated in 2013 with an MFA from Goldsmiths, University of London; after which she became the inaugural recipient of The Acme Goldsmiths MFA Studio Award. Projects and exhibitions include Solo Performance Om3am x Sarah Duffy hosted by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jos Bitelli and Felix Melia; Enjoy The Silence at The Camden Arts Centre, London; The Frequency of Magic at out_sight Gallery, Seoul; A Far Away Rendez-vouz at SixtyEight Art Institute Copenhagen; The Ol’ Switcheroo at Jupiter Woods, London and Nothing is – everything just has been or will be at Gallery dam dam, Berlin. Selected residencies include: seMA Nanji at The Seoul Museum of Art and a Triangle Network Fellowship at Lugar a Dudas in Cali, Colombia. In 2020 Duffy joined the 5-year Acme Fire Station live/work programme in London, and in 2021 she was in residence with Artlink at Fort Dunree in County Donegal, Ireland.