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Sarah Nelson Wright is a Brooklyn based artist and educator from the San Francisco Bay Area. She creates media projects about the urban experience that explore the changing city and investigate avenues for intervention. Her work encompasses video, installation, interactive media, and public art.

Her projects have been exhibited internationally in galleries and festivals, including the Queens Museum (NY), Staten Island Museum (NY), Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (New York), Mostra de Artes (Sao Paulo, Brazil), ACVic Center for Contemporary Arts (Vic, Spain), UnionDocs (NY), Art at the BlueLine (NY), Conflux Festival (NY), Dumbo Arts Festival (NY), Proteus Gowanus (NY), AHA Fine Arts (NY), and Radiator Gallery (NY). She has received grants from Brooklyn Arts Council, The Hudson River Foundation, Brooklyn Community Foundation & FEAST Brooklyn and has been an artist-in-residence at _gaia studio and the School of Making Thinking.

Wright holds a BA in American Studies from Yale and an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College. She is an Associate Professor of Communication and Media Arts at Marymount Manhattan College where she serves as Director for the Center for Producing.  She is a board member of New Media Caucus.

Sarah Nelson Wright CV

Artist Statement:

I have always been fascinated by the way ideas translate into the lived world. That is, how our understanding of the way things work shapes the ways we interact; how our experiences reinforce or interrupt our beliefs; and how we form our values and identities within a larger cultural context.

As an artist and writer making interdisciplinary media projects, I seek to engage with social and political issues at the point where they intimately affect everyday life. The goal of my work is to create platforms for investigation and to open spaces for reconsideration of naturalized values and systems. I believe this exploration is integral to the process of collective re-imagination needed to unlock new possibilities for how we live and how we represent and understand ourselves and the communities and systems in which we participate.

My projects share three common themes: creativity as a method for investigation, conversation as the primary source material, and local community as the laboratory for understanding the world and ourselves. I seek to create work that is both poetic and experiential and, in some small way, offers an opportunity to recognize our values and our world as constructed and malleable, but still complex and meaningful to our daily lives. It is in this recognition that I see the possibility for change.