Self portrait of the artist Sara Cwynar, holding a camera in front of a mirror, in front of a red curtain.


Sara Cwynar (1985) is a New York-based contemporary artist, who seeks to make sense of our current visual culture through photography, essayistic video works, collages, installations and books. In her studio, she collects and documents images and objects to identify the ways that these everyday materials shape our lives as we consume them. In this way, she captures the prevailing ideals and ideologies of an era.

In 2021, Aperture published her second book Glass Life and she has won several awards in recent years, including the Ammodo Tiger Short Award, twice for her video works Rose Gold (2017) and Red Film (2018) at IFFR. Sara Cwynar lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and is represented by Cooper Cole, Toronto and The Approach, London.

Sara Cwynar at Foam

Sara Cwynar first exhibited in Amsterdam at Foam 3h in 2013 with her solo Everything in the Studio (Destroyed). In 2015, she was also chosen as one of the Foam Talents and her work was part of Foam Magazine #38 and the eponymous exhibition Under Construction – New Positions in American Photography presented by Foam in 2014, which travelled on to Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY.

In the ten years since her first solo at Foam, her career has swiftly taken off: Cwynar has participated in solo and group exhibitions internationally and her work is included in many collections worldwide.


Woman I from the series FLAT DEATH and other pictures © Sara Cwynar

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