Sara Oscar (AU)

Image: Sara Oscar, Most Wanted (detail), 2020.

Sara Oscar (born 1975, Sydney) is an artist who has been working with photography for at least a decade. She works with sequences of photographs from historical archives, starting with images that are difficult to classify or speak about: such as ghosts, trauma, ruins, or the implied nature of desire. Her projects piece together photographs like puzzle arrangements. Using patterns and recurrent motifs, she plays on the photographs capacity to oscillate between visual sequence and series. These types of photographs don’t fit into traditional archival structures. Working in this way, she employs strategies of appropriation, restaging and digital collage to tell stories about archival memory and visual semantics. Sara Oscar received a Doctor of Philosophy (Visual Arts) from the University of Sydney in 2008. In 2002 she completed a BVA (Hons 1) at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. In 2004 she was nominated for the Helen Lempriere Travelling Exhibition, presented at Artspace, Sydney while in 2010, she received the Kodak Award for Excellence in Photomedia presented by the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne.

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