Sara Blokland



2011 MA Film and Photographic Studies University Leiden, The Netherlands 
2006 HBO kunstonderwijs lesbevoegdheid  Artez
2001 MFA Photography/New media Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam 
1999 BFA Photography and theatredesign Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam 

Research & Curating

2018/20   (artistic) research  & curating Imagining The Nation/Identities/Contemporary caribbean Perspectives. / RCMC
2016/17   (artistic) research and curating Srefidensi in cooperation with FOTODOK
2009/12   curating Unfixed  co curated with Asmara Pelupessy

Solo shows

2017 Srefidensi and the FLag _ work in public space with  Jaya Pelupessy
2012 Butterflies don’t exist, Gallery Lmakprojects, New York
2008 Reproduction of family (part two) , Gallery Lmakprojects, New York
2006 Linda & Fatherparadise, van Zoetendaal Gallery, Amsterdam
2005 Fam. Abstract, Gallery Lmakprojects, New York
2003 Corners, Stella Theater, The Hague
2002 Neutrals, Kabinetten v/d Vleeshal, Middelburg
Interiors, Museum Het Domein (de kabinetten), Sittard
2001 Fam., Van Zoetendaal Collections, Amsterdam
1999 Solo, Gallery tweeënhalf-vierenhalf, Amsterdam

Group shows (selection)

2024 Stedelijk Museum : Mother’s History  en DDMVESW
Nest: werk in openbare ruimte  i.s.m Jaya Pelupessy
2023 Kunstmuseum Arnhem : Tussen de grenzen
Nest : Double good plus
2022 De Verbeelding Nederlands Fotomuseum
2021 Ere Galerij van de Nederlandse Fotografie  ,NFM
FLASH BACK Mauritshuis
Van Wie is de Wereld , De Fundatie
2020 Indentities/Contemporary Caribean Perspective Wereld Museum Rotterdam
The Future is Female Coda Apeldoorn
2019 What about me? VU gallerie
2018  The bricks that build a home, Migratie Museum
2016 There is Something About my Family. Fotodok, Utrecht.
2014 On the Move,  Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Photo Stories, (Municipal Museum) gemeentemuseum The Hague
Rooted Movement,  Gallery Lmakprojects New York
2013 I Love Holland Dutch post war art, Municipal museum Schiedam
Shared heritage  CBK Amsterdam
2012 Guestroom Gallery Vous etes ici, Amsterdam
20 September -28 October  Daegu Photo Biennale , Korea
2011 Identity Bluffs , SMBA Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2010 Recorded stories…, Gallery Lmak projects, New York
Sideways (Municipal Museum) Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem, the Netherlands
Family Matter Gallery LUMC Leiden,the Netherlands
2009 Family Affairs  Stedelijk museum (Municipal Museum) Schiedam,the Netherlands,
Archivo Gallery MK , Berlin
2008 Sideways, Azad Gallery Tehran
XXTh century,  (Municipal Museum) gemeentemuseum The Hague (until 01/04/2009)
de Van Zoetendaal collection, photomuseumThe Hague,the Netherlands
Van Waarde, Zuiderzee museum , Enkhuizen,the Netherlands
2007 Berlin NL, Dutch Ambassy KPN Collection, Berlin
Paradize Gaines, Gallery LUMC, Leiden,the Netherlands
Naarden fotofestival, the Netherlands
2006 met Stip/ twenty up, Museum GEM The Hague, the Netherlands
Dutch insight, Kumho Museum, Seoul Korea
De Hoftoren ,Ministery of Education, science and Culture, The Hague,the Netherlands
2005 Cadres revisites, Instituut Neerlandais, Paris, France
Marks of Honour, Foam,  Amsterdam,  the Netherlands
Domestic Circle, Djarkarta, Indonesia
Constructed Moment, Kw14, DEn Bosch, The Netherlands
Heimwee, Teylers Museum, Haarlem, the Netherlands
Anders Amsterdam, ImagineIC, Amsterdam,the Netherlands
2004 Meesterproef, De Paviljoens, Almere, the Netherlands
No title, Lelac Gallery, Lausanne, Switzerland
2003 Turbulence, CCA (Center for Contemporary Art), Kiev, Ukraine
Turbulence, Museum of Modern Art (Municipal Museum), Arnhem, the Netherlands
Link, The Stedelijk Museum, (Municipal Museum) Amsterdam,the Netherlands
2001 She Shows, Mama Cash Foundation, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Filmlounge, Netherlands Photo Institute, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Per saldo, ABN AMRO collection, Den Bosch, the Netherlands

In collection

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Netherlands Photo  Museum Rotterdam
Fries Museum (Municipal Museum), Leeuwarden
Museum het Domein, (Municipal Museum)Sittard
Zuiderzeemuseum, Enkhuizen
Kunst Museum  (Municipal Museum) The Hague,
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Museum for Modern Art (Municipal Museum) Arnhem
De Vleeshal (Municipal Museum), Middelburg
ABN-AMRO collection The Netherlands
Van Zoetendaal Collections /photomuseum the Hague,
KPN Collection
Rabobank collection
and several private collections


2021 Mondrian Fund, Werkbijdrage Bewezen Talent
2016 The Tholenaar van Raalte Photographic Fellowship RCMC
2015 Mondrian Fund, Werkbijdrage Bewezen Talent plus opdrachtgeverschap i.s.m. Fotodok
2012 Mondrian Fund, basisstipendium Grant
2006 Netherlands Fund for Visual Arts, Architecture and Design, basisstipendium Grant,
2004 Netherlands Fund for   Visual Arts, Architecture and Design, Startstipendium Grant
2005 Amsterdam Fund for the Arts grant
2001 MamaCash-award
2000  Amsterdam Fund for the Arts grant
1999 De Vleeshal assignment


2001 Fam., Van Zoetendaal Collections  (photography)
2008 Van Waarde /of Value   , Zuiderzeemuseum ( concept and photography)
2010 The policeband of Suriname , van zoetendaal publishers ( photography)
2012 Unfixed; Photography and postcolonial perspective in contemporary art (editor)

work was selected and published in the following publications

2008 A critical history of photography in the Netherlands  WBOOKS
2010 Sideways, Atousa Bandeh & Fonds BKVB
2012 The  Dutch Photobook , Nai010
2014 The Photobook: A History Volume III selected by Martin Parr: The Policeband of Suriname
Photo Stories, Wim van Sinderen PhotoMuseum The Haque
2015 1885-2013 A journey through the history of photography based on stories of photographic works from different style periods

Lectures and advisory commissions



Boardmember Stichting Taak

Commissie voor de Tekeningen van het Stadsarchief Amsterdam

2019 Guest lecture Rietveld Academy

Lecturer BFA Photography /research and photography HKU,

guest lecture Sandberg Institute/stedelijk Museum  Radical cut-up

workshop and lecture ‘Open Set’

Member of the advise commity of the Mondriaan Fonds (2014-2018)


Cineblend #3 lecture : Between  Visual Arts and Anthropology  Pakhuis de Zwijger

Member of the Netherlands Mondriaan Fonds advise commity ‘Herdenking Slavernijverleden’  (commemorate the abolition of slavery) Mentor at  the Mondriaan Fonds

2011- now Lecturer B New media  Photography and research , HKU, Utrecht
2010 guest lecturer Photography : HKU ,Utrecht/ Aki ,Enschede/ St Joost, Den Bosch
member of the advise commity ‘live’ of the Netherlands fund of the arts ( fonds BKVB)
2009 guest lecturer : Minerva Academy , Gerrit Rietveld academy
2008 guest lecturer photography, Willem de Kooning academy,
2007- 2009 member of the advise commity  of the Netherlands fund of the arts ( fonds BKVB)
2002- 2008 Lecturer BFA Photography  Minerva academy , Groningen,
2002 guest lecturer Sandberg Institute  and Gerrit  Rietveld academy