Sarah Mei Herman
Hyères Festival 2018
25 April 2018
Jimei x Arles 2017
25 November 2017
Stipendium for Established Artists

In 2017 I received a four-year Stipendium for Established Artists by Mondriaan Fund

1 April 2018
Nuit des Images

In June 2017 my work Julian and Jonathan was shown as a 3-minute projection at Nuit Des Images - Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne.
This is the link to my projection

1 June 2017
EXP12
1 January 1970
Foam Talent
Download PDF1 January 1970
Photoworld
1 January 1970
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26 April 2018

Short bio & Artist statement

Sarah Mei Herman was born in Amsterdam in 1980. She studied photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Art in The Hague, from which she received her BA in 2005. In 2010 she completed her MA in Photography at The Royal College of Art in London. Herman has received several grants from Mondriaan Fund and Prins Bernard Cultuur Fund. In 2010 her ongoing series Julian and Jonathan was selected for the Talent issue of Foam Magazine. Her work has been shown internationally, among others at The National Portrait Gallery in London, at Le Chateau d’Eau in Toulouse, at JIMEI X ARLES International Photofestival 2016 and 2017, and at Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switserland, where her work Julian and Jonathan was screened during Nuit Des Images 2017. Her series Touch has been selected for the upcoming Hyères Festival of Fashion and Photography 2018.

In my work I explore relationships and intimacy between people. The closeness between them or what sets them apart, and the necessity of physical proximity to others. I often focus on the intimacy within the family, with a special interest in sibling relationships, which partly comes from the fact that I grew up without and as a child I always wondered what it would be like to have a brother or sister. Now as an adult, I find myself observing siblings, repeatedly photographing them; trying to get a closer understanding of what this familial intimacy means.
Growing up is an important theme in my work, mainly focusing on young adolescents; on their constant state of becoming; trying to capture the fleeting beauty of the continual changes they go through on their way to adulthood. Recurring themes in my work are the transitions and continual changes young people go through on their way to adulthood. I am drawn to the intensity, vulnerability and sometimes loneliness of these stages. An equally recurring theme is the grey area between friendship and love, and the ambiguity of relationships in certain stages of life.

Herman's work is generously supported by Mondriaan Fund

born 26th of April 1980
lives and works in Amsterdam, NL

nominations/ awards/ commissions
    residencies
      education
      • 2008 – 2010MA Photography, Royal College of Art, London
      • 2001 – 2005BA Photography - Royal Academy of Fine Arts, The Hague
      • 1999 – 2000Propedeutics Philosophy - University of Amsterdam
      selected group exhibitions
      • 2018Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography (upcoming)
      • 2017Jimei x Arles: East West Encounters, International Photofestival, Xiamen, CN
      • 2017Rolling Snowball #10, Datong Museum, Datong, CN
      • 2017Oscillation, Le Chateau d’Eau, Toulouse, FR
      • 2017Rolling Snowball #8, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Xiamen, CN
      • 2017Bellamy Kabinet, Amsterdam, NL
      • 2017Making Waves, Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam, NL
      • 2017Cloud gallery, Zine Launch, Amsterdam, NL
      • 2017Quietude, Exp12, Berlin, DE
      • 2016Jimei x Arles: East West Encounters, International Photofestival, Xiamen, CN
      • 2016Gravity, De Punt, Amsterdam, NL
      • 2016Haute Photography, Las Palmas, Rotterdam, NL
      • 2015 – 2016Intimacy, Seelevel Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
      • 2015Rolling Snowball # 6, CEAC, Djupivogur, Iceland, IS
      • 2015Etonnantes Affinités, 40 years collection Chateau d’Eau, Couvent des Jacobins, Toulouse, FR
      • 2015Young in Prison, exhibition + photo auction Christies, Amsterdam, NL
      • 2014The Folk Revisited, Volkshotel, Amsterdam, NL
      • 2014Photo España, Surprising Affinities, Fundacion Antonio Saura, Cuenca, ES
      • 2014Young in Prison, exhibition + photo auction Christie’s, Amsterdam, NL
      • 2013Keep on dreaming, New York Photofestival, US
      • 2013Only You Only Me BIP, Centre Wallonie – Bruxelles, Paris, FR
      • 2012Film & Foam, collaboration with Kim Boske, & Foam, Amsterdam, NL
      • 2012Flavours, Kahmann Gallery, NL
      • 2012Only You Only Me, 8th Int. Biennial of Photography and Visual Arts, Musée d’Art Moderne, Liege, BE
      • 2012Frisse Blik, Kahmann Gallery, NL
      • 2011Trust, De Balie, Amsterdam, NL
      • 2011Landgoed de Horst, Driebergen, NL
      • 201115th International Biennale of Young Artists, Thessaloniki, GR
      • 2010Talents of The Royal College of Art, Kahmann Gallery, Amsterdam,NL
      • 2010Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
      • 2010UK Young Artists, Derby,UK
      • 2010Signature Art Awards, Degree Art Gallery, London, UK
      • 2010Art Works Open, Barbican Arts Group Trust, London, UK
      • 2010Renaissance Photography Prize, Hospital Private Members Club, London, UK
      • 2009Hal Silver, Russian Club Gallery, London, UK
      • 2008Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF), SG
      selected solo exhibitions
      • 2015Screen Touch, Chinese European Art Center, CEAC, Xiamen, CN
      • 2014Between Us, Kahmann Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
      • 2014Photo España, Fundacion Antonio Saura, Cuenca, ES
      • 2010A Wordless Whisper, Soledad Senlle Art Foundation, Amsterdam, NL
      art fairs
      • 2016Unseen Photofair, Amsterdam, NL
      • 2015Slick Attitude Artfair, Paris, FR
      • 2014Unseen Photofair, Amsterdam, NL
      • 2013Pan Amsterdam, NL
      • 2013Scope Basel, CH
      grants
      • 2017Stipendium Established Artists, Mondriaan Fonds
      • 2014Flexible Project Grant, Mondriaan Fonds, Amsterdam
      • 2013Fixed Project Grant, Mondriaan Fonds, Amsterdam
      • 2009Flexible Project Grant, Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam
      • 2009Royal College of Art Bursary, London, UK
      • 2009Young Talent Grant, Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds, Amsterdam
      • 2008Flexible Project Grant, Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam
      • 2008Royal College of Art Bursary, London, UK
      • 2007Stipendium Emerging Artists, Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam
      publications
      • 2018GUP International Photography Magazine, Transition, Issue #56, NL
      • 2016Der Greif, Issue #9, DE
      • 2014Photo World, Best European Contemporary Photographers, written by Dr. T. Rosenstein, CN
      • 2014Collect Magazine, April issue, BE
      • 2014New Dawn Paper, Volume 1, X Publishers, NL
      • 2012Gup NEW, Dutch Photography Talent, X Publishers, NL
      • 2012Tableau Fine Arts Magazine, Hollandse Liefde in Luik, April issue, BE
      • 2011BCJEM - XV Biennale de la Méditerranée, Symbiosis? GR
      • 2011Nido Magazine, Hamburg, October issue, DE
      • 2011The Art Economist, Artist to watch, Volume 1 / issue 3, US
      • 2011Dear Dave Magazine, Swimsuit issue, March issue, US
      • 2010Foam Magazine - Portfolio publication in Foam Talent # 24, interview by Marc Feustel, NL
      screenings
      • 2017Nuit des Images, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, CH
      • 2014Spotlight – 5 years of Foam Talent, Felix & Foam, Amsterdam, NL
      • 2014Voies Off Festival, Night projection, Archbishop’s Palace courtyard, Arles, FR
      • 2014Voies Off Festival, Night projection, Archbishop’s Palace courtyard, Arles, FR
      • 2014Voies Off Festival, Night projection, Archbishop’s Palace courtyard, Arles, FR
      • 2014Spotlight – 5 years of Foam Talent, Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, FR
      • 2011Voies Off Festival, Night projection, Archbishop’s Palace courtyard, Arles, FR
      artist talks/teaching
      • 2016Pechakucha, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Xiamen, CN
      • 2015Artist Talk: Seelevel Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
      • 2015Artist Talk: Kaunas College of Art, Kaunas, LT
      • 2015Workshop at Art College, Xiamen University, Xiamen, CN
      • 2015Artist Talk: “Van Gogh Talk”, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, NL
      • 2012 – 2016Various workshops at Photo Academy Amsterdam, NL
      • 2014Artist talk: C-Platform, Xiamen, CN
      • 2014Artist talk: University Xiamen, Art College, Xiamen, CN
      • 2012Workshop at Amsterdam Centre for Photography (ACF), Amsterdam, NL
      • 2011Artist talk:Leeds College of Art, Leeds, UK
      • 2010Artist talk: University of Brighton, Brighton, UK
      collections
      • Le Chateau d’Eau, Toulouse, FR
      • Kahmann Gallery, NL
      • MIAP Art Foundation, NL
      • MK Gallery, Rotterdam, NL
      • Several private collections