Sara Bjarland



In the exhibition Deposits, Sara Bjarland discusses the fundamental/basic issues of waste, dirt, cleaning, and care. In several sculptural and wall-based works, she explores how “useless” materials from the household can take on new meanings. The name “deposits” refers both to the earth´s sediments and layers of dirt that have been formed in the household, such as soap deposits on the shower floor. This dual meaning is of interest to the artist: how do our personal lives and individual actions relate to the broader questions of traces that we leave on earth. The dirt (or pollution or debris) we are trying to cover or rinse away, may no longer be noticeable as such, but the substance has changed its shape and never disappears.

Sara Bjarland (b. 1981 in Helsinki) has lived and worked in Amsterdam since 2007. She graduated with an MFA in Fine Art Media from the Slade School of Fine Art in London in 2007, and in 2012–2013 participated in the studio programme at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Ghent. Latest solo exhibitions: Crumple, fail, faint, fall, Galleri Sinne (2020); Constant Eruptions, Hopstreet Gallery, Brussels (2020); Uncertainty and Ground Conditions, DASH, Kortrijk, Belgium (2019); Fem studier i metamorfos, the Finnish Institute in Stockholm (2014). Bjarland was nominated for the Below Zero Finnish Art Prize 2019 and in 2020 Bajarland was awarded with Finnish Art Society´s William Thuring prize.