Sarah is interested in people and the communities they represent. In her photography and films, she collaborates with her subjects to tell their stories. She is exploring new ways and mediums through which to tell these stories, working in collaboration with professionals in various creative fields along the way.
Her current series, "Godlife" depicts re-enactments of pivotal moments in her subject's grandfather, Clarence 13Xs' life. She is working closely with his family members and filming the behind the scenes making of the photo series, which documents and tells the story through film. The series explores how the past informs the present in the context of the spaces that Clarence occupied in his lifetime.
A photographer, film-maker, and curator born in Harbin, China, Sarah grew up in the Bay Area from the age of six. She earned her BA in Art Education from San Francisco State University with an emphasis in drawing and painting as well as a CA Teaching Credential in K-12 Art Education. Sarah worked as an artist teacher with the Joan Mitchell Foundation during her first three years in New York. She then, along with fellow artist, Shaina Yang opened an alternative art space in the Lower East Side, called City Bird Gallery. They offered an experimental space for emerging & professional artists as well as student and community organizations to exhibit their work. Shaina and Sarah have since joined forces with a collective of women and gender non-binary artists and curators to create Disclaimer Gallery, an experimental installation space catered to showing queer, women of color and other marginalized groups.
2012 “Animal in Man” Con Artist Gallery, New York City, NY
Group Exhibitions (select)
2017 The Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
2017 Chiang Mai Photo Fest, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2016 "Destroy & Conquer" Satellite Fair, Miami Beach
2016 "The Rhetoric of Image" Pingyao International Photo Fair, PingYao, China
2016 Beijing Photo Fair, Beijing, China
2016 "Time, Transitions, and Urban Rhythms" Walls Ortiz Gallery
2015 "Harlem Life in Pictures" ILON + Company, New York City
2015 “Party to the People” Chashama, New York City
2014 “Equally Distributed” Fridge Art Fair, Miami
2014 “Twelve by Twelve” Castle Fitzjohns Gallery, New York City
2014 “American Identity 1.0” Conartist Gallery, New York City
2014 “Reticulation” E Gallery, New York City
2013 “Master of None” Conartist Gallery, New York City
2013 “Adieu” Spacewomb Gallery. New York
2013 “Members Only” Culturefix Gallery, New York
2013 “Benefit” Novella Gallery, New York
2013 “The Indifference of Wisdom” Nuture Art, New York
2013 “Adhesives and Egos” Con Artist Gallery, New York City, NY
2012 “Postcards to North Brooklyn” Arts@Renaissance, Brooklyn, NY
2012 “First Friday” Brooklyn Fireproof, Brooklyn, NY
2016 "Walk In's Welcome" Disclaimer Gallery, Brooklyn NY
2015 "Unreality" Galerie ALB, Paris France
2014 “Natural High”, "Chinatown" & more at City Bird Gallery, New York City
2013 “Con Artist Gallery Show” at Select Fair, Miami Beach.
2014 Lijiang Studio Residency in Lijiang China