Pierce Starre is a Liverpool based artist with a practice situated in performance. Pierce’s first language is British Sign Language, as both of his parents are profoundly Deaf. Previous works have explored his experience of growing up as a hearing individual in a predominantly silent household. Pierce has explored through his work the territory which he occupies between the Deaf and hearing worlds and has further critiqued intersectionality in broader social and political contexts; highlighting the restrictive nature of the institution, institutional boundaries and oppression and the spaces between self and other.
Pierce was awarded a commission by DaDaFest as part of their Artist Development fund and is receiving ongoing mentoring support from Ireland’s leading Performance Artist; Amanda Coogan.Pierce is also currently an artist in residence on the MA Performance programme at Liverpool’s Hope University. Pierce recently performed Labels at Word of Warning in Manchester the work provided the viewer with an opportunity to explore the labels they place on others, through the externalisation of their own internal perceptions. In January 2020 Pierce participated in the CO-CREATION LIVE FACTORY “Dissenting Bodies Marking Time” at Venice International Performance Art Week where he explored altered landscapes due to administrative decisions made by institutional spaces.
Pierce has recently established Drip, an artist led platform facilitating the exploration and development of Live Art in Liverpool. Through Drip, Pierce has established SPILL YER TEA, an accessible and all inclusive experimental Live Art and Performance Art event at Constellations in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle.
Pierce will utilise his residency with Independents Biennial and Metal to explore discourse surrounding Children of Deaf Adults (CODA’s). He proposes to bring CODA’s from across the UK together to explore their cultural intersectionality.