2002-2005 BA in Art History, Ecole du Louvre, Paris (FR)
2006-2009 BA in Fine Arts, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris (FR)
2010 Exchange Semester, Cooper Union, New York (USA)
2010-2011 MA in Fine Arts, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris (FR)
“In 1999, I remember struggling to find anything online about the renowned medieval tapestry ‘The Lady and The Unicorn’. In 2010, I spent weeks reading the 464 last statements of executed inmates archived/published on the Texas Department of Correction’s website.”
Sarah Derat’s works present themselves as sculptures and installations bearing witness to an extensive period of research and data hoarding. Using a minimalist-inspired aesthetic and dense narratives, the artist’s works are deeply rooted in current social topics and ethical concerns. From the unsettling transparency of the U.S. Criminal Justice System’s online archives, to the virulence of social media content or the omniscience/potency of search engine algorithms, Derat’s works question the virality and taxonomy of data.
Recent bodies of works, including the augmented reality piece ‘Digital & Dead’ produced in collaboration with Canadian artist Rachel McRae, explore the themes of parallel lives, digital afterlife and repetition as a possible rebirth cycle.