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Sandra Johnston, b.1968

Wait it out2019

Wait it Out, 2019 is a solo performance commissioned by the Project Arts Centre. In the performance Johnston creates a tension between objects and her body through physical actions. Natural actions are extended beyond themselves to strike up images that creates intensity between the audience and performer. Johnson explores physical states of responsiveness formed in relation to the actualities of specific situations at the moment of making. Photography: Senija Topcic

Mediumphotographic documentation, original 1980s issue British army combat boots, 1 original pair of 1980s issue RUC gloves, 10 sets of drumsticks, 3 white plates, 3 dish cloths, 2 breeze blocks, 1 bottle of Dettol.
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2021, 2021
Item NumberIMMA.4353
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Sandra Johnston, Wait it out, 2019, photographic documentation, original 1980s issue British army combat boots, 1 original pair of 1980s issue RUC gloves, 10 sets of drumsticks, 3 white plates, 3 dish cloths, 2 breeze blocks, 1 bottle of Dettol., Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2021, 2021

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About the Artist

Sandra Johnston b.1968

Sandra Johnston (Northern Ireland) has worked internationally since 1992, working predominantly in the areas of site-responsive performance and installation. Her actions have often involved exploring the aftermath of trauma through developing acts of commemoration as forms of testimony and empathetic encounter. Her practice-based investigation into issues of ‘trauma of place’ were extended as a PhD project entitled – Beyond Reasonable Doubt: An Investigation of Doubt, Risk and Testimony Through Performance Art Processes in Relation to Systems of Legal Justice published in 2013 with LIT (Berlin). She has been a co-founder and committee member of various artist-run collectives in Belfast, notably: CATALYST ARTS and BBEYOND. Some of her most recent performances and projects include: Here-to-Here, Notwithstanding, Fierce Festival 2019, Birmingham, UK (upcoming); The Biennial of Curitiba and p.ARTE Festival 2019 – Curitiba, Southern Brazil (upcoming); Asiatopia 20th Performance Festival, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand (2018), Live Action 13, Gothenburg, Sweden (2018), Minimal, Poor, Present, as part of Glasgow International 2018, Scotland (2018), We Shout and Shout, But No One Listens: Art from Conflict Zones, CAMP/ Center for Art on Migration Politics, Copenhagen, Denmark (2017), Rise Up: Ending Racism, Poverty and War, part of Freedom City Newcastle upon Tyne, England (2017), Future Histories, Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin (2016), Border Crossings, SASA Gallery, Adelaide, Australia (2016), Lay Allude, with Alastair MacLennan, Bòlit Museum, Girona, Spain (2016), Tangible Live, EMMA Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland (2015), VIVA! Art Action, Montréal, Canada (2015).
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