S Mendelsohn combines strategies drawn from experimental documentary and theater to create sound, video, and performance works. Through a process of observation, writing, and collaboration, their projects capture moments of ambivalence—encounters in which narratives bend, power relationships shift, and binaries come apart. Raised in New York, Mendelsohn is an MFA candidate in Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego. They hold a BA in visual arts and anthropology from the University of Chicago, and were a 2014-15 Fulbright Fellow in Vienna, where they produced collaborative works reflecting on the legacy of Austro-fascism in public space.
Mendelsohn’s work has been performed and shown at venues including Kunsthalle Wien and WUK (Vienna), Künstlerhaus Halle für Kunst und Medien (Graz), Links Hall (Chicago), the Darling Foundry (Montreal), and the Anthology Film Archives (New York). The first sound artist in residence at the Blanton Museum of Art, Mendelsohn has previously participated in residencies at the Salzburg Summer Academy, ACRE, and the Vermont Studio Center. Their writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, dérive, and AREA Chicago, as well as in collections published by Open Systems, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, and the University of Chicago Press. Mendelsohn has given lectures and led performance and journalism workshops at the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, School of the Alternative at Black Mountain College, Bronx Leadership Academy II, and Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien.
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