sair  goetz

Vermont Studio Center sair goetz studio portrait


they / them / their / y'all

a 5-min overview of recent works

sair goetz writes instructions that queer problematic realities into speculative fictions. Their work seeks to leverage the weightlessness of language to complicate, manipulate, and annotate the weighty matters it circumscribes. This speculative language is inscribed back into reality through bodily performance, video, installation, and signage. The works become lines of inquiry that move propositions about pertinent topics (sexual violation, illusions of safety, gender non-binaries, the future of literacy, and the stability of self-definition) into the specificities of embodiment (the elasticity of a tongue, an industrial scissor-lift, buttons on the left side of a shirt, devices for dialog, and 300lbs of ice).

sair received their MFA from the Ohio State University in 2017 and their BA in Visual and Media Studies, Arts of the Moving Image, and Documentary Studies from Duke University in 2011. sair has shown their work nationally and internationally and completed several residencies across the US: ACRE, Stuben, WI; Little Paper Planes @ Minnesota Street Projects, San Francisco, CA; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; Weir Farm, Wilson, CT; Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, AZ (with fourfor collective); Elsewhere Museum, Greensboro, NC. sair is currently in residence at SPACE, Portland, ME.

Supported by the 2017-2018 Dedalus Foundation post-MFA fellowship, goetz is currently working on performance & video pieces querying silent cinema, non-binary gender identities, and unwaged labors. They are a member of the CTRL+SHFT Collective in Oakland, CA.


current home-Base:

CTRL+SHFT Collective, Oakland, CA

other homes-Base:

Durham, NC

Columbus, OH