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