Sara Sallam

(b. 1991) is an Egyptian artist, designer, writer, visual researcher, book maker, and educator based in the Netherlands. Her research-based practice includes photography, moving images, writing, voice narration, archival interventions, and self-publishing handmade books. Through her work, she reflects on growing up in Egypt, criticising the colonial attitudes embedded in archaeology, museum practices, and photographic archives that prevent Egyptians from relating to their past and ancestors. She focuses on the retelling of history by imagining counter-narratives and exploring fiction and temporal juxtapositions as ways to reclaim and decolonise her Egyptian heritage.

Sallam has shown her work in numerous exhibitions internationally, most recently at the Museo Egizio in Turin, the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels, the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Leiden, and the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich. Her work features in private collections in Australia (Museum of Old and New Art), Belgium, and Switzerland. She was awarded grants from the Magnum Foundation, the Arab Fund for Arts & Culture, the Prince Claus Fund, and Mophradat. Her work was shortlisted for the Lange-Taylor Prize, the Friends of the Arab World Institute Award, the Kassel Dummy Award, the Stedelijk Museum’s Art Acquisitions, and the Magnum Foundation Fund.