Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide)

Smiling person in a patterned dress and blue cardigan. // Smiling person in a patterned dress and blue cardigan.
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Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide) NL
Born in 1977, Busan, South Korea
Lives and works Berlin

Since the late 1990s, Korean-Dutch artist Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide) has created a rich body of work that traverses an array of formats and media, including immersive film- and sound installations, text and painting. Chang combines spiritual evocations, historical research and the unraveling of colonial narratives creating works that act as historical repair, healing and belonging. Chang questions Eurocentric systems of categorization, racialization and its penetration in all levels of life and contemporary Western society. Her work can be seen as poetic and intimate gestures that centralize a meta-cosmic and inclusive approach to modernity, transforming the meaning of value and time, transcending the biographical and personal.

Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide) was a fellow of the Berlin Artistic Research Grant Program (2022-2023). She had recent solo exhibitions: at Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2022-2023); Centraal Museum, Annex, Utrecht (2023); Rozenstraat | a rose is a rose is a rose, Amsterdam (2023); ARGOS, Brussels, (2021); CASCO | Hartwig Art Foundation, Utrecht (2021). Two-person exhibition with Youngjoon Kwak at ARKO, Seoul (2022). She has participated in the following biennials: Busan Biennale, Busan (2022), 11th Berlin Biennale, Berlin (2020); Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka (2020), Contour Biennale 9, Mechelen (2019); 6th Kuandu Biennale, Taipei (2018); Sharjah Biennial 13, Beirut (2017); the 1st Asia Biennial/the 5th Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou (2016); The School of Kyiv: Leipzig Class. Seminar: Politics of Form, Part of the Kyiv Biennial (2015); the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014). Her works have been part of numerous group exhibitions among others at Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, Spielart, Munich; MHKA, Antwerp; Mu.ZEE, Ostend; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; KIOSK, Ghent; If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, various locations; DePont, Tilburg; Giuliani Foundation, Rome; De Appel, Amsterdam; Marres, Maastricht; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Temporary Gallery, Cologne; De Vleeshal, Middelburg; 44th and 45th International Film Festival Rotterdam; Espai d'art Contemporani de Castelló, Spain; CAAC, Seville

Her work is part of the following collections: National Musuem of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea; Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Central Museum Utrecht; De Domijnen, Sittard; De Vleeshal/M HKA, Middelburg and Antwerp; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Mu.ZEE, Ostend

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