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Sarah Westphal is a visual artist based in Belgium and Germany. Through her work, she explores the relationship between people, objects and their surroundings. A key part of this investigation focuses on how qualities of place and architecture contribute to our human ex- perience, answering such questions as how does a location influence us physically and psychologically? How do we perceive the world around us? How does a space refer to its former inhabitants? What impressions are left and what stories can be read from the layered history of surfaces?
In a kind of archaeological research, Westphal reveals, camouflages and reconstructs missing links. Through these minimal and meticulous actions, she manipulates the essence of the found situation and constructs sober but complex site-specific installations that can be physically experienced by the viewer. Sculptures, photographs and projections shift between two- and three-dimensionality, between reality and fiction.
In past solo exhibitions, Sarah Westphal created a strong dialogue between exhibition spaces, each of which has its own history as occupied interior, such as Zwei Räume für sich allein. Maria von Gneisenau und Schloss Molsdorf, Palace of Molsdorf - Kunsthalle Erfurt (DE) (2016); Hintersteg (2014) in Be-Part, Platform for Contemporary Art, Waregem; Timpano (2013) in Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne; Allure Craquelure (2013) in Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerp.
Her work was several times honoured with working and traveling grants from the Flemish Community, (BE) and Province of East Flanders. Recently Sarah Westphal was Artist-in-Residence at Center for Art & Archi- tecture, Kanazawa (JP) in 2016, Artist-in-Residence at Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdańsk (PL) in 2015 and Artist-in-Residence at Be-Part: Platform for Contemporary Art, Waregem (BE) in 2014 and 2011. She was nominated for several prizes such as the Bernd Lohaus Prize, Antwerp (BE) in 2015, Provinciale Prijs Beeldende Kunst Oost-Vlaanderen, Caermersklooster, Ghent (BE) in 2011. She is winner of the Input/ Output Award, Brugge (BE), 2011, winner of the AON Award, Ghent (BE), 2010, winner of the Franciscus Pycke Legacy Award, Ghent (BE), 2007. In 2007 she was selected for the exhibition Coming People, S.M.A.K, Ghent (BE) with her graduation work Heimsuchen.
Sarah Westphal studied 3D/Multimedia and photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Ghent (BE). Furthermore she is laureate of the Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK), Ghent (BE) since 2009. From October 2015 she is researcher on the international and interdisciplinary project The Black Cat Territory. Fictions and Frictions of Inhabited Space at LUCA School of Arts (BE).