Residencies : ISCP New York City

1 September 2015 – 15 August 2016

Sara Eliassen


Sara Eliassen, still from A Blank Slate, 2014. Courtesy of the artist

Sara Eliassen is an artist and filmmaker based in Oslo, Norway. Her work is a conceptual cinema-practice where she is investigating how aesthetics and narratives presented in moving images create collective memories, and how these influence the understanding of ourselves as subjects. Her work often plays with narrative expectations, using film, video, text, drawing, photography and installations in a critical practice. Eliassen’s work also involves projects in public space: the activist anti-ad project Not Worth It; making false TV-ads interfering with Norwegian public and commercial TV-channels. Eliassen holds an MFA in experimental filmmaking from San Francisco Art Institute and was a studio fellow at The Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program in 2011. Her films Still Birds and A Blank Slate have played extensively at international film festivals, amongst them Venice Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam and Sundance.