Vaughn Sadie is a conceptual artist, educator and PhD candidate, living and working in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has participated in several group shows nationally – Being Here (2005), SAartsEMERGING (2007), Light Show (2008), Social Patterns (2009) and Collaborations/Articulations (2011).
Sadie completed his MFA at the Durban University of Technology (2009) and his interest in the role and function of artificial light has seen him facilitate light workshops with Jay Pather for the Spier Contemporary Performance Workshops (2007/9). Since 2010, he developed several ongoing projects: a website STREETLIGHTS that maps the streetlights and lighting strategy of Johannesburg as a means of developing an alternate way of perceiving and engaging with the city.
Sadie facilitated an international artist residency – PERMEABILITY in Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2012) and was a finalist in the 2012 MTN New Contemporaries Award in collaboration with Ntsoana Contemporary Dance Theatre.
Inhabitant, a collaborative work with Sello Pesa, has been performed in Johannesburg (2011, 2012), Istanbul (2012) and San Francisco (2014). In 2014 Sadie participated in a residency with Ntsoana Contemporary Dance Theatre, at Studio 24 at the Galería de la Raza, San Francisco. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art partnered with the Galería de la Raza for the SFMOMA’s The Go series to produce Inhabitant, which forms part of SFMOMA’s exhibition, Public Intimacy: Art & Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa (2014).
Since 2013 Sadie has been developing and running Public Participatory Art programme in Cosmo City on behalf of the Visual Arts Network of South Africa.