Sarah Mosca BIO
Moving between photography, sculpture, process and research, Sarah Mosca re-stages and re-presents historical narratives and mythologies in order to unveil ideas and truths that may otherwise be forgotten or overlooked. Working predominantly with photography, Mosca’s poetic and elegant works interrogate the medium for its historical duty as documenter and archivist, and the political potentials and tensions that arise from this. Confounding its convention as representational artefact, Mosca investigates alternative approaches to analog photographic processing and materiality, developing a methodology in which often unique abstract prints are produced without the use of a camera.
Responding to historical and literary sources, Mosca embarks on field trips, expeditions and epic walks, mining particular sites for their histories. These sojourns are performed by Mosca as poetic gestures, often documented by a single sheet of large format film concealed within her clothing, which is exposed for the length of each performative gesture. Tracing Mosca’s movements and recording temporal and environmental shifts, the photographic surface is embedded with a unique, coded abstract image. Often exhibited alongside figurative representations produced concurrently (but more conventionally with a camera), Mosca reveals the many possibilities and readings of the photographic medium.
Sarah Mosca lives and works in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Her work has been exhibited extensively across Sydney, Melbourne, New York and Germany. Recent exhibitions include NGA Contemporary, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; The Alchemists, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney; and Care, Interstate Projects, New York. Her work is held in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), Canberra, and in private collections in Australia, Germany and America. Mosca was recently awarded a 2020 residency at the Cité internationale des arts in Paris.