Image: © Sadie Berlin, Untitled, Pi*llOry part four, 2020. Photo by Tina Bararian.
Sadie Berlin is a theatre and performance artist who documents how social intolerance and oppression shape ever-mutable and fluctuating aspects of self-definition. In her sometimes racialized work, Berlin uses her many intersections to reflect cis-straight whiteness back to audiences. This telegraphing of oppression as an infection that engraves itself onto and inside marginalized bodies, interrogates notions of free will and freedom to create/conjure/imagine without boundaries. The gifts in the added textures and modalities of marginalization have in them the constraints of oppression, and, how the marginal and marginalized artist navigates this complex path is a major preoccupation of Berlin’s work.