12 February

Sara Blokland


Photography and Contemporary Colonial Histories

In this lecture, photography is considered as a historical document that seeks to establish identity. How does this relate to dialogues on migration, colonial histories, and post-colonial relationships? Sara Blokland examines this field of tension with film, image papers, and installations in which the photographic document and archive are central.

Sara Blokland (1969 Netherlands) is a visual artist, curator, and independent photography researcher. In her research and visual work, she reflects on the role of photography and archives in relation to colonial and post-colonial histories. Blokland attended the Rietveld Academy and the Sandberg Institute and obtained an MA in Film and Photography studies at Leiden University. Her work has been exhibited at the Kumho Museum in Seoul, Lmak Gallery in New York, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, among others. Blokland was also the photographer for the publication De politiekapel van Suriname (‘The Police Band of Suriname’) and co-editor and initiator of the book Unfixed Photography and Post-Colonial Perspectives in Contemporary Art.