Sara Sallam [1991] is an Egyptian multidisciplinary artist, designer, and researcher based in the Netherlands. She works  with photography, video, text, and archive material. Themes of absence and loss run throughout her multilayered projects in which she often explores ways of visualising things we cannot see and people we cannot meet. Sara has exhibited internationally and was awarded grants from Magnum Foundation and Mophradat. Her work was shortlisted in Lang-Taylor Prize, Kassel Photobook Award, and Magnum Foundation Fund.


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


2018-19 M.A. in Film and Photographic Studies (Cum Laude), at Leiden University, NL
2015 M.A. in Photojournalism and 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


2017-18 Mophradat Grant for Artists
2016 Arab Documentary Photography Program, by Magnum Foundation, Arab Fund for Arts and 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


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