Sara Greavu is an artist and curator based in Derry. Her recent work has used Derry's Halloween Carnival in Derry as a jumping-off point to explore the complex fears, desires, loyalties and longings of a 'post-conflict' society.
These works consider the Halloween carnival as a crack in the foundation of everyday society. Through this fissure erupt alternative histories, temporalities and narratives. The costumed chaos of the masquerade reveals as much as it conceals, providing a distorted lens through which to view the tensions at the heart of 'post-conflict' Ireland. The event is saturated with traces of the past and nostalgia for the future. Race, gender, class, sexuality, politics and performativity collide and collude; rub up against one another; get drunk and get off with each other.
Greavu's methodology is that of the rag-picker: her works proposes a hybrid, bricolage aesthetics of the discarded and the low. Fragmentary elements are gathered, reassembled, repurposed and recuperated.
Sara Greavu is represented by The Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
CV & Education
2010 - Carnival Mashups, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
2010 - Lightbox Commission, Context Gallery, Derry
2007 - Love and Theft, Context Gallery, Derry
2011 - Scope Art Fair, New York
2009 - Golden Thread Project Space, Belfast