Sara Blokland - Tholenaar van Raalte Fellow - RCMC
Tholenaar van Raalte Fellow | 2016

Sara Blokland

Sara Blokland was a Tholenaar van Raalte Fellow in 2016.


Sara Blokland (1969 NL) is a visual artist, independent researcher and curator of photography. She lives and works in Amsterdam. She studied at the Rietveld Academy (BA in photography) and graduated at the Sandberg Institute (MFA photography and video) in the Netherlands and receives a MA in Film and Photographic Studies from the Leiden University.

As a visual artist, curator and reseacher she is predominately working with photography and film. Her work reflects on the complicated role of this medium in relation to (postcolonial) cultural heritages.  Internationally her work has been exhibited in venues zoals Kumho Museum (Seoul, Korea) and Gallery Lmak-projects (New York), the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Museum of Modern Art (Arnhem, Netherlands) and Municipal The Hague (Netherlands).

Her work is part of several private and public collections : the ABN AMRO Collection, the Rabobank Collection, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and The Hague Municipal Museum. She was also the photographer and editor of the book van Waarde [of Value] (2008) and the publication The Surinam Police Band (2009), and co-editor and initiator of the book Unfixed Photography and Post-Colonial Perspectives in Contemporary Art (2012). Next to her research she is preparing a solo show at the Francis Boeske gallery in Amsterdam and lmakgallery in New York in 2018. Both will show her recent artworks.

Research Project: Srefidensi Foto

Sara Blokland started the project Srefidensi: a photographic perspective on the Surinamese histories of resistance and emancipation together with FOTODOK on 25 November 2015 – exactly 40 years after the independence of Suriname. The project reflects through photography to a number of known and lesser known stories of colonial history leading up to the independence of Suriname in 1975. With the Tholenaar van Raalte Fellowship, she carried out extensive research into the Tropenmuseum's historical photography collections

For more about this research, please see the Srefidensi Foto project page.