Leah Sandler is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and educator working between Orlando, Florida and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her work explores archiving and embodied history through sound, performance, video, and text. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Rollins College and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts from University of the Arts. Sandler teaches in the studio art program at Seminole State College in Lake Mary, Florida, and is a regularly contributing writer to ArtBorne Magazine and the Orlando Weekly.
I produce visual culture in a “post-truth” era. My interests lie in issues of personal and political memory, the determination of what, and who, holds historical value, and how historical narratives are used to grant voices of authority. These issues relate to the manipulation of language and technologies that we use to inscribe, engage and protect history.
These themes are present in my artistic practice, through which I create and manage a para-fictional archiving institution situated in a post apocalyptic world. Through performances of self-tattooing in an institutional/clinical setting, videos, pamphlets, posters, brochures, and other ephemera, I communicate the fictional institution’s goals, which are focused on advancing a speculative methodology of how the human body could function as an archive in situations of limited resources.
My project presents an urgent case for changing our current approach to the world, using a voice of authority, with the intention of causing the viewer to question the inevitability of capitalism and the modes of knowledge production (or, how knowledge is organized, understood, and communicated) that bolster it.