My practice is based in photography, film and video. However my interest in working in differing contexts has allowed my production also to take other forms such as the artist’s book and most recently performance. In broad terms my work engages with the everyday, realism, artifice and illusion in relation to city life and cinematic or pictorial conventions.

My film and photographic works have come about through a performative and reflexive process or are made on location where the latent atmospheric qualities or its material economy animate the image. The work is often centred on the human figure, the subject being defined by their circumstances rather than by their individual characteristics. This approach intends to ground the use of fiction or narrative in the conditions of everyday life or reflexively in relation to the conditions of the production and consumption of the work itself.   

Sarah Dobai works with photography, film & video and performance. She has exhibited widely in the UK, Europe and America. Recent exhibitions include The London Open, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; On the Nature of Things, Kamloops Art Gallery, British Columbia, Canada; Nettlecombe, CCA Glasgow, Troubled Water, Kuandu Museum of Fine Art, Taipei; Scope, Beijing University Gallery, China, Theatres of the Real, FotoMuseum Antwerp, Belgium; Darkside II, FotoMuseum Winterthur, Switzerland and Studio/Location Photographs, WORKS|PROJECTS, Bristol, UK. Previous exhibitions include Sarah Dobai: Photographs & Film works, Kettles Yard, Cambridge, UK, Above the City, Artist’s Space, New York, Sodium Dreams, Bard College, New York, September Horse, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin and Sarah Dobai, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago di Compostella and Billboards, Hayward Gallery, London.


Sarah Dobai completed a Masters in Fine Art at the University of British Columbia studying under Jeff wall and Mark Lewis. She lives and works in London and is a Senior Lecturer at Chelsea College of Art and Design.