Discipline: Visual Art – installation

Sara Eliassen

Discipline: Visual Art – installation
Region: Oslo, NORWAY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Sara Eliassen is a filmmaker whose current projects explore propaganda histories, and how ideology has been normalized through contemporary images, technologies, and moving image culture, and how images and screen technologies can work to undo certain subjectivities to build new political imaginaries.

Eliassen’s films have played at international film festivals, such as Venice Film Festival, Festival Rotterdam, and Sundance. Her practice also involves projects in public spaces; the artist initiated Not Worth It (2007) and Under the Park (2021), and The Feedback Loop (2018) with The Munch Museum in Oslo. Eliassen was a studio fellow at The Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program in 2010-2011.

At MacDowell, Eliassen reworked material from two different investigations related to manufactured histories and nationalist propaganda. She edited short videos and tested out a film installation of short videos and sounds where the relations between them can be re-organized and shuffled around.

Portrait by Cascade Wilhelm



Sara Eliassen worked in the Adams studio.

Given to the MacDowell Association by Margaret Adams of Chicago, the half-timbered, stuccoed Adams Studio was designed by MacDowell Fellow and architect F. Tolles Chamberlin ca. 1914. Chamberlin was primarily a painter, but also provided designs for the Lodge and an early renovation of the main hall. The studio’s structural integrity was restored during a thorough renovation in…

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