Sara Barbosa de Campos
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“Sara Campos was born and raised in Portugal. She moved to the Nederlands some time ago where she studied at the Rietveld Academy and right after studied a Master Artistic Research at the KABK Den Haag.
She is an artist, performer and occasional writer and organizer, living and working in Amsterdam.

She won the Rietveld Prize in 2010 with her video performance "Thank you for Coming", where she conveyed the impossibility of communicating the meaning of art. She often collaborates with other artists, craftspeople, filmmakers, writers and musicians.

In 2015 she organized "A Supernova Plus an After-Thought", a group event in the VU botanical garden and Amstelpark, setting a meeting place to fleet away from small talk at art openings.
In 2018 she collaborated with writer Renate Stalman on making a duo exhibiton "Leaving the House is a Performance" on motherhood and art at PuntWG Amsterdam.
She is currently working on redefining modes of production based on personal relationships, mostly with friends. Engaged in feminist politics, storytelling and music, Sara is working on a co-authored film "From Home to the Bar", together with a group of female artists in a local bar in Amsterdam where they all hang out.”
Sara Campos 2021

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“I’ ve worked with Sara Campos on several occasions. As a composer arranging her actions in time, as a performer mimicking pre-recorded texts in one of her collaborative environments, and together we’ve performed Fluxus pieces and even a composition of my own. Her work grows from the visual into the performative, flows from space into time, created from thought, towards actions and objects occupying a space of reflection, a space for thought, inhabited by process, collected words, works, and actions. The every-day in the context of something unusual. Hard to describe but easy to envelop yourself in, to surround yourself with, to disappear into, to gaze upon, to get lost in her thoughts.”
K. Nutters, composer, 2020

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“An extremely interesting and idiosyncratic way of engaging with art history that begs to be shared.”
Lucy Cotter, writer, curator, artist and theorist. 2012

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“Sara’s approach of thinking through making (in order to get to an understanding of intentions) puts an emphasis on the awareness how materials, objects and separately made artworks come together and generate meaning in temporary installations. Maybe the ultimate “function” of the work is the change of it while working. This might look as the expression of a restless mind, but in fact makes us aware that the act of making is highly performative: the work is about making (art), with a strong self-referential notion, and the maker finding a motivation through a way of reasoning.”
Frank Mandersloot, artist. Text about final exam Masters Artistic Research, Den Haag, 2012

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“Through experiments and research Sara creates situations in which the fluidity of moving, speaking or performed trained actions as making music, are disrupted, playfully alienating the viewer on his or her sense of embodiment. The effect of this is that one obtains a certain “knowledge” of one’s embodied existence that perhaps cannot be arrived at in any other way; a quality that makes Sara’s work an interesting example of what “artistic research” can mean.”
Steven ten Thije, research curator. Text about final exam Masters Artistic Research, Den Haag, 2012

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“Sara’s multi layered work contributes to the discussion about art and communication in a very strong way. Her performance shows us that to use art as a tool for communication isn’t that obvious as we all would like to believe. How can the meaning of art be communicated? Can it be communicated? The way she shows us the impossibility of this matter made a deep impression on our members of the jury.”
Jury report Winner GRA prize of Autonomous Arts: Maria Hlavajova BAK Utrecht, Fons Welters Gallery Fons Welters, Gianni Cito DOK architects, Helen van Ruiten Gallery Binnen, 2010