Sarah Dobai

Sarah Dobai


Harri with earphones


c-type print

Image size: 25cmx20cmH

Print size: 30cmHx25cmW

Edition of 20

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Harri with headphones (2019) pictures a young woman listening to music. This portrait draws on mystical approaches to portraiture - that can be found in the Scandinavian school of paintings - where the sitter seems to be transported into another realm.

Harri with headphones shows the central position of photography and sound in relation to current debates around realism, illusionism and authorship.

+ About the artist

Sarah Dobai’s work is based in photography, but also extends into film, publication and performance.

Her book The Overcoat (2015, Four Corners Books), a re-publication of Nikolai Gogol’s classic novella, shows Dobai's photographs depicting commercial vitrines in London and Paris. The photographs question display and presentation, adding to the confusion of surface appearance, that figures both in the story and on the streets of the city.

Dobai’s exhibitions and projects include the Bees in a Hive of Glass, performance at Whitstable Biennale with novelist Tom McCarthy. Her work is shown internationally including FotoMuseum Antwerp, Belgium; FotoMuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, OR Gallery Vancouver and Whitechapel Gallery London.