Sara Zaher's thought-provoking artworks explore the feeling of the 'uncanny and uncomfortable'
Visual artist and designer Sara Zaher has had quite an interesting life so far, living all over the world from Lebanon to London, Manchester to Sydney. It's this "turbulent background" that she says forms the basis of her work.
Born in Cairo and now living in New York City, she tackles themes of identity and culture, from the personal to the political. "I'm always striving to question my place within a cultural system that is both foreign and familiar," Zaher explains.
In 2015 she completed an MA in Graphic and Media Design from the University of the Arts London. The course sparked her interest in mediums such as video art, digital collage and installation art – all of which she uses today.
Of her recent work, she says: "This feeling of the uncanny, the uncomfortable, is projected in my relentless attempt to question, deconstruct and reassemble existing social frameworks. This reconstruction usually takes the form of photography, video and installation art. But is always recreated from the mindʼs eye of an eternally, cynical idealist."
Zaher's work usually comments on current events. "These can range from the highly political to the highly personal and all the shades in between. I like to experiment with visual and linguistic meaning, as a way to reinterpret the obvious or familiar. This is usually done by combining different visual content to bring about a different narrative."