Sofia Varino (b. 1978, Portugal) is an interdisciplinary artist, as well as a writer and producer, based in Berlin and New York. She holds an MA in Theater from the City University of New York, and an MA in Cultural Studies with a graduate certificate in Art & Philosophy from Stony Brook University.
Her artistic practice is conceptual and participatory, combining video, performance, choreography, digital and audiovisual media, writing and dialogue. Since 2003, she has performed in over a hundred live shows, films and public interventions, presented at venues including the Whitney Museum, Performa Biennial, MoMA PS1, the Leslie Lohman Gallery, WOW Café Theater and Art in Odd Places, among many others.
Varino is Associate Director at Harmattan Theater, a New York City environmental theater ensemble, and a Ph.D. candidate in cultural studies at the Department of Cultural Analysis & Theory at Stony Brook University, where she writes about biological bodies and scientific culture. She is currently a guest doctoral candidate at the John F. Kennedy Institute at the Freie Universität in Berlin.
She curates the ongoing digital installation Chronocorpus, a digital performance installation of water sites and histories. Recent projects with Harmattan Theater include the Mar Português (2012) video and public installation, and Grid Scenes (2011), a performance in commemoration of the bicentenary of the NYC grid in collaboration with The New School.
As a filmmaker, she has produced, co-directed and acted in dozens of videos and short films exhibited at international festivals, including the InShadow Festival 2012 (Lisbon, Portugal), the Tel Aviv LGBT Film Festival 2011, MIX NYC Film Festival 2009 and the Kansai Queer Film Festival 2007 (Osaka, Japan). In 2009, the short film Last Kiss Goodbye, which she starred in and co-directed with The Hungry Hearts, won Best Short Film in the European Category at The One Minute (TOM) Awards.