Sara Irannejad is a Brisbane based multi-disciplinary artist working across painting, pyrography, installation and video who is currently undertaking a Doctor of Visual Art at Queensland College of Art. Graduated from the school of Fine Art at Tehran University she left her country of origin, Iran, in 2009 and pursued her education at School of Museum of Fine Art in Boston where she was granted an Exceptional Artist scholarship in 2012. She moved to Brisbane as a permanent resident in 2012 and chose Australia as her new country. Her diasporic experiences led her to perceive things differently and became interested in seeking how sense of ‘belonging’ and one’s relationship with the environment evolve during travel and dislocation. In her artworks, juxtaposing images inspired by traditional Persian motifs and iconography with fragments of Australian history and nature offer new perspectives on issues of ‘memory’, ‘home’ and ‘belonging’.
Sara’s works have been showcased internationally in countries such as Iran, Germany, Indonesia, USA and Australia. In 2014, her studio outcomes were showcased in group shows around the country including Gather Festival in Brisbane and Melbourne’s Brunswick Street Gallery festival 40x40 and Feast, Pray, Love at which she won the second prize. The following year, she presented two conference papers, one at CreateWorld2015 conference in Griffith University, and the other Perspectives on Identity at University of Queensland. In the same year her video installation Poor Connection were presented in Texture exhibition curated by Sue Swinburne at The Edge, Queensland State Library, plus she held her second solo show titled A Thousand Interconnections in Australia, exhibiting part of her ongoing doctoral studio outcomes at Pop gallery, Brisbane.
In 2016, she collaborated in the Resonance project curated by Natasha Honeyman, held during Brisbane Heritage festival, for which she made a site specific installation in the historical Newstead House. She also presented her recent paper at Australian National University conference’ Moving Image Cultures in Asian Art’. Recent group shows include Stanthorpe Art Festival, Sydney’s City of Ryde Women Art festival, Finding Home curated by Michael Wardell at Logan Art Gallery, Souvenirs From Elsewhere curated by Pat Hoffie at Woolloongabba Art Gallery and presentation of her recent work Multiverse sponsored by GUPSA at Swell Sculpture Festival.