Sara Madandar

Sara Madandar

New Orleans , LA, United States

About Sara Madandar

Sara Madandar is an Iranian multidisciplinary artist based in the United States. 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 varied range of media — such as 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 from a novel perspective.
Madandar’s most recent accolade was an award from the Texas Visual Artists Association (TVAA) in their 2016 exhibition in Dallas. In 2015, she won an award, curated by Jessica Beck of the Andy Warhol museum, from the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC). Sara’s work has been featured at Co-Lab, 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 among others.

Education

2011-2014 | MASTER IN FINE ARTS | THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
•Studio Art specializing in painting, with various works also produced in Performance and Video Art
2004-2009 | BACHELOR OF ARTS | AZAD UNIVERSITY OF TEHRAN, IRAN
•Specialization in painting.

Events

AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS & RESIDENCIES
2021-2023 — Member of the collective The Front gallery — New Orleans, LA
2021-2022 — Residency at JMR (Joan Mitchel Residency) — New Orleans, LA
2021 — PHF (Persian Heritage Foundation) grant regarding Ardeshir Mohassess exhibition — New Orleans, LA
2017— Cultures Alive grant for The Dwelling project— Austin, TX
2017 — Residency at Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI)”Equal Justice” — Santa Fe, NM
2016 — TVAA(Texas visual arts association), second place, Curated by Andrea Karnes the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth — Dallas, TX
2015 — SECAC member show, second place, curated by Jessica Beck of the Andy Warhol museum — Pittsburgh, PA
2013 — Quaid-E-Azam Scholarship at the University of Texas at Austin —Austin, TX
2013 — Residency at Vermont Studio Center — Johnson, VT
2013 — Marshal F. Wells Fellowship and Scholarship Endowment — Austin, TX
2012 — Marshal F. Wells Fellowship and Scholarship Endowment — Austin, TX
2011 — William and Betty Newlin Presidential Exhibition — Austin, TX

SELECTED CONFERENCE & ARTIST TALK
2021 — The Core Lecture Series — Austin, TX
2020 — Artist talk part of Photo Nola Festival “Let Us Believe In…” — New Orleans, LA
2020 — Visit/lecture at the University of Texas at Austin — Austin, TX
2020— Visit/lecture at Columbus State University — Columbus, GA
2019 — Artist talk at New Orleans Museum of Art — New Orleans, LA
2018 — Artist talk at Louisiana State University (LSU) — Baton Rouge, LA
2018 — The 32nd Annual Conference of Society for Science, Literature and Art (SLSA) “Out of Mind” — Toronto, Canada
2018 — Part of ArtEgg Studio’s Lecture Series “My Body Is My Home” — New Orleans, LA
2018 — 10th Annual Peace Conference “Feminity and Creativity” at Loyola University— New Orleans, LA
2017 — Society for Science, Literature and Art (SLSA) Annual Conference “Space, Time, and Body in Modern and Contemporary Art” — phoenix, AZ


Exhibitions

GALLERY SHOWS
2021 — Solo show “Let Us Believe In…” at The Front gallery — New Orleans, LA
2021 — Group show “Imbolc” at The Front gallery — New Orleans, LA
2021 — Virtual group show at 13Project Exhibition.
2019 — Solo show at CoLab Project Gallery “A Land with no Name” — Austin, TX
2019 — Solo show at Elga Wimmer Gallery “Pink Dreams in A Land with no Name” — New York, NY
2019 — Group show at Barisster’s Gallery “And Another Thing…” — New Orleans, LA
2019— Solo show at Aquarium Gallery “In Memory of Aziz” — New Orleans, LA
2018 — The 32nd Annual Conference of Society for Science, Literature and Art (SLSA) “Out of Mind” — Toronto, Canada
2018-2019 — Group show at New Orleans Museum of Art “Ear to the Ground” — New Orleans, LA
2018 — Part of ArtEgg Lecture Series “My Body Is My Home” — New Orleans, LA
2018-2019 — Public art project, 3D installation “The Dwelling” — Colorado Spring, CO
2018 — Solo show at ArtEgg Studios “My Body Is My Home” — New Orleans, LA
2018 — Group show at The New Orleans Arts Center “B4 Peace” — New Orleans, LA
2017 — SLSA 31st Annual Conference “Space, Time, and Body in Modern and Contemporary Art” — phoenix, AZ
2017 — Group show at LeMieux Galleries “Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series” — New Orleans, LA

2017 — Group show at the Irving Arts Center “6th Annual Juried International Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art” — Irving, TX
2017 — Group show at Viridian Artists gallery “Selfies & Self-Portraits: 21st C Artists See Themselves” — New York, NY
2017 — Group show at Contemporary Art Center(CAC) — New Orleans, LA
2017 — Group show at Southeastern Louisiana University Contemporary Art Gallery — Hammond, LA
2017 — Part of Newcomb museum curatorial group “Beyond the Canvas” — New Orleans, LA
2017 — Group show as part of Austin West Studio Tour — Austin, TX
2017 — Group show at Elizabeth Ney Museum — Austin, TX
2017— HOUSE of Wahala: art auction part of Fusebox Festival at Women & their works gallery — Austin, TX
2017 — Group show at Tipton Gallery “32nd Positive/Negative” — Johnson City, TN
2017— Group show at Foundry Art Center “Luck of the Draw” — St. Charles, MO
2016 — TVAA National exhibition — Mesquite, TX
2016 — Group show at 701 Gallery — Austin, TX
2016 — Solo show at Courtyard gallery — Austin, TX
2016-2017— Group show at People's gallery— Austin, TX
2016 — Group show at Asian American Resource Center (AARC) — Austin, TX
2016 — Group show at Co-Lab Project gallery — Austin, TX
2015 — SECAC Members Exhibition — Pittsburgh, PA
2014 — Graduate thesis show “Pool”, at the Visual Arts Center — Austin, TX
2014 — Solo show “Something Left Behind” at Co-Lab Project gallery — Austin, TX
2013 — “InterConnections” exhibition at the WoCa Project gallery — Fort Worth, TX
2013 — Open studio exhibition “SOMETHING” — Austin, TX
2013 — “Something Lost” exhibition at the Nelsen Partners gallery — Austin, TX
2012 — Open studio exhibition “Absence” — Austin, TX
2010 — “The Same Pain” exhibition in Azadi Tower gallery — Tehran, Iran
2009 — Solo show “Self-Portrait” at Banafsheh gallery — Tehran, Iran
PERFORMANCE ART
2018 — Participatory performance “My Body Is My Home” at SFAI gallery — Santa Fe, NM
2018 — Participatory performance “My Body Is My Home” at ArtEgg Studios — New Orleans, LA
2014 — Stage performance “Being/With Others” at the Theater Lab — Austin, TX
2013 — Street performance “Behind the Black Veil” — Austin, TX
2013 — Collaboration in the public performance”Beauty” by Wura-Natasha Ogunji — Austin, TX
2012 — Public-Participatory performance “The Void” — Austin, TX
VIDEO ART
2017— Video installation “My Body is My Home” at Brooklyn Studio for Dance — Brooklyn, NY 2016— Video installation “The Sidewalk” at Asian American Resource Center (AARC) — Austin, TX
2015 — “30 Seconds” at MOM gallery- Austin, TX
2014 — “The Prayer” at Co-Lab Project gallery — Austin, TX
2014 — Video installation “Obscene Bodies” at Visual Arts Center — Austin, TX
2013 — Video installation “The Sidewalk” at Co-Lab Project gallery — Austin, TX
2013 — “Counting the Moments” screened at The Shed — Austin, TX