Sara Cwynar is an artist working in photography and video. The artist’s photographs often take the form of sculptural constructions that are photographed, printed, tiled and re-photographed as new images. Cwynar’s videos similarly combine existing images from photographic history and from a personal archive to remix and re-present familiar imagery. Cwynar strives to situate an individual approach within the shared visual codes of popular culture.
Cwynar’s work over the past few years has been building narratives around the power structures embedded in everyday objects and the conventions of photographic representation.
She has focused increasingly on video work to explore the medium’s narrative potential. For the last five years Cwynar has worked on a film installation trilogy (Soft Film, 2016, Rose Gold, 2017 and Red Film, 2018) exploring how desire manifests through objects. The artist’s most recent video installation, Glass Life, critiques capitalism’s constant pressure to conform and consume; it questions the effects of this torrent on the self.
Glass Life, excerpt from six-channel 2K video with sound, 19:02 minutes, 2021. Courtesy the artist; Foxy Production, New York; Cooper Cole, Toronto; and the Approach, London.
Born 1985, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
The artist lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, USA.
Sara Cwynar has exhibited at Foxy Production, New York, NY; Remai Modern, Saskatoon, SK, Canada; MoMA, New York, NY; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT;Milwaukee Museum of Art, WI; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN; Oakville Galleries, Oakville, ON, Canada; 33rd Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil; MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany; Malmö Konsthall, Sweden; and MoMA PS1, Queens, NY.
The artist is represented by Foxy Production in New York, the Approach in London, and Cooper Cole in Toronto.