Sara Blokland

Artist Biography

Sara Blokland is a visual artist, curator and independant researcher of photography. She lives and works in Amsterdam.

Her work has been exhibited at Museum het Domein, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Gemeentemuseum Schiedam, Daegu Photo Biennale in Korea, SMBA, Museum Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Gemeentemuseum the Hague, Photo Museum in the Hague, Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen, Museum GEM in the Hague, Teylers Museum in Haarlem, CCA in Ukraine, Netherlands Photo Institute in Rotterdam.

Her work in the collection of Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, Museum het Domein, Sittard, Zuiderzeemuseum, Enkhuizen, Gemeentemuseum, the Hague, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum for Modern Art, Arnhem, de Vleeshal, Middelburg, van Zoetendaal Collections/photomuseum the Hague, KPN Collection, Rabobank Collection, ABN-AMRO Collection in the Netherlands.

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Artist Statement

(1969 The Netherlands) lives and works in Amsterdam. Blokland medium is photography and video through which she explores the representation of the concept of family, and the postcolonial perspective on her Surinam-Dutch heritage . Though the work frequently originates from highly personal material , such as her family photographs or their statements, her manner of presentation and reconstruction of stories creates a distance and almost analytical view. It poses an environment in which the viewer becomes a distant observer. This ambiguity between the personal and impersonal of photography as a medium , uncovers the complex strategies in her work. Blokland’s work reflecting on the complicated role of photography in relation to personal histories, is driven by her interest in the deconstruction of the ”exotic” object within photography and its representation.

Rooted Movements

Erika Ranee, Jeannette Ehlers, Jonathan Calm, Nikita Gale, Sara Blo...

July 1, 2014 - August 1, 2014

Butterflies don’t exist

Sara Blokland

April 29, 2012 - June 3, 2012

Recorded Stories

Claudia Joskowicz, Elia Alba, Karina Aguilera Skvirsky, Sara Blokland

December 15, 2010 - December 24, 2010

Reproduction of the Family (Part Two)

Sara Blokland

November 14, 2008 - December 14, 2008

FAM. ABSTRACT

Sara Blokland

October 14, 2005 - November 12, 2005

Op zoek naar onbekende Pose, Volkskrant, Truus Ruiters, November 18, 1999

Nederlandse foto’s in een, Het Parool, Herien Wensink, September 19, 2000

Fam., Verenigde Sandbergen, Stijn Huijts, May 2001

De Galerie, NRC-Handelsblad, Sandra Heerma van de Vos, June 25, 2001

Boek en beeld, Obscuur, Stijn Huijts, October 2001

Stoeien met de werkelijkheid, PZC, June 2002

Blokland/Hondius –De Witte Raaf- Etienne Wynants July/August 2002

Spelletjes met waarheid en perceptie, Haagse Courant, Roos van Put, January 03, 2003

Dutch bring turbulence to a land in flux, Kiev Post, Daniel Macisaac/ frictie van het tijdsgewricht verbeeld – De Gelderlander June 27, 2003

Turbulence – NRC Handelsblad 2003/ Kunst heeft nog zin – Volkskrant January 08, 2003

Contrast – Anders Amsterdam 2004/ Mr.Motley (art magazine) – Fam., May 2004

Tubelight, Anders Amsterdam, May 2004

Jonge honden in de kunst, Het Parool, Jhim lamorhee Augest 4, 2006

Paradise- LUMC NRC July 25, 2007

Kunstbeeld (art magazine) January 07, 2007

2007 member of the advisory committee of the fund of the visual art of the Netherlands Fonds BKVB