Sara Muzio is an artist, film director and architect. Having lived, travelled and studied across Europe and Latin America, Sara has a precise sensibility in cross-cultural approaches to cultural, social and economic development, with a particular focus on the metabolism of cities.
With a degree in Architecture from Cambridge University and an MA in Animation from the Royal College of Art, Sara’s extensive body of research and cultural production – including films, books and large-scale public installations – combines excellence in design and aesthetics with an in-depth understanding of cultural, social and economic exclusion. Sara’s projects contest, re-articulate and counteract different forms of marginalisation in imaginative and compelling ways, revealing beauty and hope in unlikely places.
Sara has a keen awareness of contemporary cultural colonialism: the propensity to represent cultures that do not conform to the ‘mainstream’ as a modern-day terra nullius that can be legitimately colonised or displaced by more dominant cultures. Her recent dissertation, Shared Territories, explores “vital space of negotiation which are not dominated by one group, interest or narrative but are complex places of multiplicity and diversity, and what is hazily described as ‘community’”. This was based on Sara’s experience of creating the Southwark Lido, a free temporary Lido built as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2008, in collaboration with the EXYZT collective. Following the success of the Lido, Sara edited a book on the project which was published in July 2009.
Sara’s architectural dissertation, Contested realities: new topographies of power in Caracas, focused on the way social conflict is expressed and played out in the urban territory, and included extensive fieldwork in Caracas, Venezuela.
An accomplished filmmaker, Sara’s films have been screened internationally at film festivals and art/architecture exhibitions, including Frieze Art Fair and the 10th Venice Biennale of Architecture. Her latest film, stop-motion animation Earthbound, is an abstract and lyrical reflection of human presence in the world crystallizing around two contradictory desires: the longing to experience and preserve “untouched nature”, and the aspiration to leave our mark in this world through cultural production. The writer and historian Marina Warner has described it as an “aesthetically immaculate and eloquent work […] a highly wrought visual allegory with many serious overtones but without didacticism.”
Current projects include, The Lake, a new installation by the EXYZT collective at 100 Union Street, London SE1 0NL.