In this body of work, I look closely at objects we display within the home that reference history and culture. These items may speak to the ancestral lineage of the occupant or perhaps merely a desire to appear sophisticated or knowledgeable. Whether they are venerated paintings, photographs, or sculptures of historical figures or events, documents or books, they point to a longing for connection to the past and an engagement with the world at large in such uncertain times. They resonate, often humorously or uncannily, with the other objects and architecture that surround them. This collection of private spaces asks the viewer to imagine the people who inhabit them and their relationship to these histories.
Sarah Malakoff‘s large-scale color photographs are examinations of the home and its psychologically charged, uncanny spaces and objects. She has had solo exhibitions at Camerawork Gallery, Portland, Oregon, The Garner Center for Photograhy and Miller Yezerski Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, the Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, Vermont, the Sol Mednick Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, Massachusetts, and Plane Space, New York, New York. Her photographs have also been shown at The NRW Forum in Dusseldorf, Germany, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts, The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, and The Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts. She received a 2001 and 2011 Artist’s Fellowship in Photography from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and a 2011 Traveling Fellowship from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A monograph entitled Sarah Malakoff: Second Nature was published by Charta Art Books in 2013 and includes an introduction by Linda Benedict-Jones and an essay by Jen Mergel. She currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts and is an Assistant Professor at The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.