Sara Berman (b. 1975, UK) received a BA in Fashion Design from Central Saint Martins, London, in 1999 after which she founded and ran her eponymous fashion brand for 15 years. In 2016, Berman graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art with a MFA in Painting. Her background in fashion has influenced her visual arts practice through the use of various textures, layers, mathematical geometry, pattern and materiality. In her work, Berman examines how people see and define themselves through their relationships with their clothes, belongings and the spaces they occupy. The character in Sara Berman’s work is inspired by the trope of the female Harlequin in her ascribed role of the Trickster Whore. Through this character Berman explores space and the role of the feminine within it.
Solo Exhibitions include (Upcoming) Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Berlin (2023); (Upcoming) Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida, US (2023); (Upcoming) The Armory Show NYC, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, New York (2022); Taking Space, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2021); Double Ententre, Anat Ebgi, LA (2018); Between Community and commerce, Site specific installation ZAZ10TS Time Square, NYC (2018); Matter Out Of Place, 93 Baker St. London, Frieze (2018) and Big Cactus Little Cactus, Galerie Huit, Hong Kong (2017).
Group Exhibitions include Armoured, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2022); Untitled Art Fair, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery booth, Miami, US (2021); Summer Exhibition 2021, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2021); Art + Psychiatric Intensive Care, Hospital Rooms, London (2021); Enter Art Fair, with Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark (2021); Facing the Sun, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Schloss Görne, Germany (2021); Supastore, NIDA Art Colony, Lithuania (2020); Scene Unscene, Gallery 46, London (two person show) (2020); We Could Apply Our Lipstick, C&C Gallery, London (2020); Isolated Observations, Candida Stevens Gallery, Sussex (2020); Cure3 exhibition, Bonhams, London (2020); Exeter Contemporary Open, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter (2019); Hauser and Wirth Hospital Rooms Fundraising Auction, London (2019); Think In Pictures with Amelchenko Curated by John Newsom Orchard Street, New York (2019); Solitaire, Sapar Contemporary NYC (two person show) (2018); Dark Wood, Transition Gallery, London (2017); Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2017); Young Gods, Charlie Smith Gallery (2017) and Topophobophilia, Gallery 46, London (2016).
Highlights and collections
Sara Berman’s work is in the collection of The House of KOKO, London.