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Sara Sallam [1991] is an Egyptian multi-disciplinary artist based in the Netherlands, working with still and moving images, prose poetry, and archival material. From documenting two boys seeing in a graveyard their playground, following a missing persons case, to reflecting on the death of her grandmother and the apathy towards her ancestors, she is motivated to narrate thought-provoking stories. Her photobook ‘The Invisible: Faith as a Phenomenon’ was shortlisted in Kassel Photobook Award, PhotoIndependent Art Fair, and was exhibited in Offprint London and Format Festival. Her body of work ‘The Fourth Pyramid Belongs to Her’ was awarded two grants, participated in exhitions in Cairo, Amsterdam, Alexanderia, and Nicosia, and was shortlisted in Lang-Taylor Prize. Next to her documentary practice, Sara worked in film editing, web design, and motion graphics.


EDUCATION

2018-19 M.A. in Film & Photographic Studies (Cum Laude), at Leiden University, NL
2015 M.A. in Photojournalism & Documentary Photography (Distinction), at London College of Communication, University of the Arts of London, UK
2008-13 B.A. in Media Design (High Honours), at The German University in Cairo, EG


AWARDS // NOMINATIONS

2019 Shortlist, Magnum Foundation Fund
2018 Nominated, Joop Swart Masterclass
2017 Finalist, Lang-Taylor Prize
2017 Special Mention, The Friends of the Arab World Institute Award
2017 Nominated, Joop Swart Masterclass
2016 Nominated, Plat(t)form Portfolio Review, Fotomuseum Winterthur
2016 Shortlist, Dummy Award Kassel
2016 Shortlist, PhotoIndependent Art Fair


GRANTS // SCHOLARSHIPS

2017-18 Mophradat Grant for Artists
2016 Arab Documentary Photography Program, by Magnum Foundation, Arab Fund for Arts & Culture, and Prince Claus Fund
2015 Vice Chancellor’s International Scholarship, University of the Arts London
2012 Excellence Award, The German University in Cairo, covering a summer Photography workshop at Berliner Technische Kunsthochschule
2010 Excellence Award, The German University in Cairo, covering a summer 2D Animation course at Animation-School-Hamburg
2008 Excellence Award, The German University in Cairo, covering a summer German language A2 course at Ludwig Maximilian Universitaet


EXHIBITIONS

2019 Group Exhibition She Tells, curated by Soma Art Gallery, B’sarya Gallery, Alexandria EG
2018 Group Exhibition She Tells, curated by Soma Art Gallery, during Cairo Photo Week, EG
2018 Group Exhibition Artchaeology: Intersection between Art and Archaeology, curated by International Association of Photography and Theory, CY
2018 Solo Exhibition The Fourth Pyramid Belongs to Her, Darb 1718 Gallery, EG 
2017 Group Exhibition Humaness, curated by Bertan Selim, NL
2017 Photobook presented at Format Festival, UK
2016 Photobook presented at Offprint London, Tate Modern, UK
2016 Photobook presented at PhotoIndependent Art Fair, USA
2016 PostGraduate Show In The Forest of Things, University of the Arts London, UK
2014 Group Exhibition Layer of Green, at Contemporary Image Collective, EG
2013 Group Exhibition Spuren 2.0 Symposium, at E-Werk Freiburg, DE
2013 Group Film Screening Cross Culture Video, at Goethe Institute Cairo and Artellewa Gallery, EG


WORK EXPERIENCE

2016 [May-July]  Web Designer, at Alchemy Design Studio, EG 
2014 [Nov-Dec] Film Editor, at Avonbiehl Studio, DE
2014 [Apr-Oct] Media Designer, at Alchemy Design Studio, EG
2014 [Feb] Intern in Film Editing, at Avonbiehl Studio, DE
2011-14 Freelance multimedia/web/graphics Designer, EG
2010-13 Junior Teaching Assistant, at the German University in Cairo, EG


LANGUAGES

2019 Dutch, Level B1, at ROC Mondrian
2016 German,
Level B1.3, at Aegyptisch Deutsches Kulturzentrum
2014 English, IELTS Test, Score: 8.0, at British Council Egypt
2013 English, TOEFL Internet Based Test, Score: 108
2013 Spanish, Level A2.2, at Instituto Cervantes en Cairo
2010 German, Level B2, at Goethe Insitut Kairo
2009 German, Level A2, at Ludwig Maximilian Universitaet
2007 French, Level B1, at L’institut francais d’Egypte