In  her multidisciplinary work, Sarah Westphal explores notions such as time, perception, and consciousness. Space serves as a container and projection screen of these elements. What is the relationship between people, objects and their surroundings? A key part of this investigation focuses on how qualities of place contribute to our human experience. How do we perceive the world around us? What stories can be read from the layered history of imprints?
In a kind of archaeological research, Westphal (re)constructs missing links in site-specific installations that can be physically experienced. Sculptures, photographs and projections shift between two- and three-dimensionality, between reality and fiction. With an evocative tactility and high sensuality, Westphal opens up spaces inviting the viewer to get lost in them. The entire oeuvre is a labyrinth in which to wander and lose one's way, a mental space that seduces and deceives. Westphal’s slow process of waiting, watching, where the gaze sees, feels, hears and tastes is an antidote to the ephemerality of images nowadays. Instead of a conventional way, Sarah Westphal uses photographic to activate space, to draw and sculpture with light.
EDUCATION / PROGRAMS
2018 KRI Certified Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Española (USA)
2015-17 Researcher on The Black Cat Territory. Fictions and Frictions of Inhabited Space,
2017 LUCA Faculty of the Arts, Ghent (BE)
2009 Laureate of the Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK), Ghent (BE)
2008 Higher Degree of Photography, Academy of Fine Arts, Ghent (BE)
2007 Master’s Degree in Fine Arts (MFA), 3D /Multimedia, KASK, Ghent (BE)
SELECTION OF SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2021 Sarah Westphal: Paradise, Art & City Festival Kortrijk (BE)
2020 Sarah Westphal: Still, The White House Gallery, Lovenjoel (BE)
2019 Sarah Westphal: The See Within - The Sea Within, Bogarden Chapel, Photo Festival Bruges (BE)
2019 Sarah Westphal: The Sea Within - The See Within, Setouchi Trienniale, Ogijima (JP)
2018 Sarah Westphal: Villa van Wassenhove, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle (BE)
2017 Sarah Westphal: Reading the Air, mariondecanniére, Antwerp (BE)
2017 Sarah Westphal: Untitled (Vertical Blinds) work in public, AZ Alma, Eeklo (BE)
2016 Sarah Westphal: Reading the Air, Kapo, Kanazawa Art Port, Kanazawa (JP)
2016 Sarah Westphal: Two Rooms of One’s Own, Molsdorf Palace, Kunsthalle Erfurt, Molsdorf (DE)
2016 Sarah Westphal: Visite I, private mansion, Ghent (BE)
2015 Sarah Westphal: Stubenfliege, B-ILD Architects, Brussel (BE)
2015 Sarah Westphal: Recent werk, behalve dit, Lokaal 01, Huis Happaert, Antwerp (BE)
2014 Sarah Westphal: Hintersteg, Be-Part: Platform for Contemporary Art, Waregem (BE)
2013 Sarah Westphal: Timpano, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne (DE)
2013 Sarah Westphal: Allure Craquelure, Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerp (BE)
2012 Sarah Westphal: Taxidermie, Galerie Zink, Berlin (DE)
2011 Sarah Westphal: Gehirn, Gestirn, Gestein, Rossi Contemporary, Brussels (BE)
2011 Sarah Westphal: Palimpsest, Museum of Fine Arts (MSK), Ghent (BE)
2011 Sarah Westphal: (Un)folding, Cultural Centre de Bogaard, Sint-Truiden (BE)
2009 Sarah Westphal: Interventions and Manipulations. Structure, Texture and Space, De Garage, Mechelen (BE)
2008 Sarah Westphal: Spiegelbild, Croxhapox, Ghent (BE)
2007 Sarah Westphal: Heimsuchen (The House), private mansion, Ghent (BE)
AWARDS / GRANTS / RESIDENCIES
2019 Artist in residence at Cité Internationale des Arts Paris (FR)
2018 Artist Grant from the Flemish Community (BE)
2018 Working grant, Kundalini Research Institute, Espanola (USA)
2017 Artist in residence at Villa Van Wassenhove, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle (BE)
2016 Artist in residence at Center for Art & Architecture, Kanazawa (JP)
2016 Project Grant from the City of Ghent (BE)
2016 Selected for Turning Photography, Flanders Arts Institute (BE)
2015 Artist in residence at Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk (PL)
2015 Nominated for Bernd Lohaus Prize, Antwerp (BE)
2015 Travel Grant from the Flemish Community (BE)
2014 Artist in residence at Be-Part: Platform for Contemporary Art, Waregem (BE)
2013 Artist Grant from the Flemish Community (BE)
2012 Artist Grant from the Flemish Community (BE)
2011 Nomination Award, Provinciale Prijs Beeldende Kunst Oost-Vlaanderen, Caermersklooster, Ghent (BE)
2011 Winner of the Input/Output Award, Brugge (BE)
2011 Artist in residence at Be-Part, Waregem (BE)
2011 Project Grant from the Flemish Community (BE)
2011 Project Grant from the City of Ghent (BE)
2010 Winner of the AON Award, Ghent (BE)
2010 Artist Grant from the Flemish Community (BE)
2009 Artist Grant from the Flemish Community (BE)
2007 Winner of the Franciscus Pycke Legacy Award, Ghent (BE)
SELECTION OF GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 More / more / more contra less / less / less contra love / love and feeling, One, Mariakerke (BE)
2019 Vrouwen 2 Women, Belle Godshuis, Ieper (BE)
2019 UnDoing, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (GB)
2019 De la tranquillité / Van het verpozen, Centre culturel de Marchin, Marchin (BE)
2019 De la tranquillité / Van het verpozen, Emergent, Veurne (BE)
2018 Food Matters, Croxhapox, Ghent (BE)
2018 STRAF! Palace of Justice, Ghent (BE)
2018 KRASJ, Ninove (BE)
2018 ArtAutun#2018, Autun (FR)
2018 On the move, Blanco, Ghent (BE)
2018 20 years Nicc, Nicc, Antwerp (BE)
2018 Art Rotterdam, mariondecanniére, Antwerp (BE)
2017 Tussen Muren, Art Academy, Tielt (BE)
2017 Ecce Homo, Geukens De Vil & mariondecanniére, Antwerp (BE)
2017 Tinto. Without Tinto, private house, Brussels
2017 The Poetics of Weather, Hoenji Shrine, Kanazawa (JP)
2017 Disclosure, Monastery, Tielt (BE)
2017 Working Title Festival, Recyclart, Brussels (BE)
2016 Kanazawa art space link, Artgummi Gallery, Kanazawa (JP)
2016 Waiting For The Secret, Les Halles St-Géry, Brussels (BE)
2016 Convent 22, VAC, Ghent (BE)
2015 Working Title Situation #02, Kaaistudio's, Brussels (BE)
2015 So Let’s Retreat Memory Lane, Villa De Olmen, Wieze (BE)
2015 Land van Garage, Land van Waaslaan # 122/124, Ghent (BE)
2015 Full House, Kunsthalle Erfurt - Molsdorf Palace, Molsdorf (DE)
2015 Ename Actueel 2015, Provinciaal Archeologisch Museum (PAM), Velzeke (BE)
2015 Imago Mundi: Germany, mon amour! Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche, Treviso (IT)
2015 Meanwhile… the city, Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdańsk (PL)
2014 De Zee - salut d'honneur Jan Hoet, project Ambassadeurs van de zee, Oostende (BE)
2014 BORG, Peperbus church, Antwerp (BE)
2014 Tussenwereld, Crematoria of Sint-Niklaas and Lochchristi (BE)
2014 Encyclopedia of Tenderness, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (DE)
2013 Ik wordt, Voorkamer, Lier (BE)
2012 Sint-Jan, Saint-Bavo's Cathedral, Ghent (BE)
2012 Provinciale Prijs Beeldende Kunst Oost-Vlaanderen, Caermersklooster, Ghent (BE)
2012 Tapisserie ou papier peint? Un art contemporain, Musee de la Tapisserie, Doornik (BE)
2012 BOOKSHOWBOOKSHOP: Belgian artists’ books from Verheyen until today, Be-Part, Waregem (BE)
2011 Input/Output, Cultural Centre De Bond, Brugge (BE)
2011 Ename Actueel 2011 – Sediment, Provinciaal Archeologisch Museum (PAM), Velzeke (BE)
2010 Huiselijkheid, Roger Raveel Museum, Machelen, Zulte (BE)
2010 In Situ (Open Studios), Nucleo, Ghent (BE)
2010 Watou 2010. Collected Stories #02 / Between Language and Image (Past in Present), Watou (BE)
2010 After the Fact, Galerie Sans Titre, Brussels (BE)
2010 From Memory. About Knowing and Forgetting, Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent (BE)
2009 La Conquête de l’Espace, Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK), Ghent (BE)
2009 Cabinet d’Artistes, Galerie Sans Titre, Brussels (BE)
2009 Watou 2009. Collected Stories #1 (Polyphony), Watou (BE)
2009 Temporary City/Berlin, Kunst in Kreuzberg e.V, Berlin (DE)
2009 Open Studios, Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK), Ghent (BE)
2008 Open Studios, Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK), Ghent (BE)
2007 Coming People, S.M.A.K, Ghent (BE)
2007 Fin, Netwerk: Centre for Contemporary Art, Aalst (BE)
2007 Heimsuchen, Croxhapox, Ghent (BE)

TALKS / LECTURES
Klara radio interview with Nicky Aerts in Pompidou 5/03/2020
https://klara.be/pompidou-donderdag-5-maart-2020
Lecture, Visite II, Sarah Westphal and Prof. Lut Pil, Museum Dhondt- Dhaenens, Deurle (BE) 03/18
Lecture Sarah Westphal. Geplooide ruimte, Prof. Lut Pil, KU Leuven, Faculty Architecture, Ghent 12/18
Lecture Gerijmd Ongerijmd, seminar Historisch Interieur & Ontwerp 2018, Sarah Westphal and Prof. Lut Pil, Ghent University, Department of Art, Music and Theater Sciences 04/18
Lecture & book presentation The Black Cat Territory. Fictions and Frictions of Inhabited Space,
Ghent (BE) 03/17
Lecture The Pliable Moment. The making of social and artistic fabric, Prof. Lut Pil, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven (NL) 10/16
Lecture Shifting Postions, Sarah Westphal and Prof. Lut Pil, University Antwerp, Faculty Design
Sciences, Antwerp (BE) 03/16
Talk Recent werk, behalve dit, Sarah Westphal and Prof. Lut Pil, Huis Happaert, Antwerp (BE) 09/15
Klara radio interview with Olav Grondelaers in Happy Hour 24/10/14
Vlaanderen vakantieland:  Interview with Nic Balthazar about Allure Craquelure, Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerp (BE) in: Kunstschatten verzamelen in Antwerpen 02/14
http://www.een.be/programmas/vlaanderen-vakantieland/kunstschatten-verzamelen-in-antwerpen
TEXTS
Lut Pil, Sarah Westphal: Perfectly Unadorned, Sarah Westphal in interactie met de woning Van Wassenhove, in: Tijdschrift voor Interieurgeschiedenis en Design (NL) 2021 (peer reviewed)
Frank Maes: Vatbaar en ongrijpbaar, leeg en vol, Sarah Westphal in de Bogardenkapel (NL) (2019)
Pil Lut: Ruimte lezen, 2017 (NL)
Pil Lut: Reading Space, 2017 (ENG)
Opitz Silke: Stubenfängerin oder Die Fliegen der Sarah Westphal, 2017 (DE)
Opitz Silke: Parlor Catcher, or: The Flies of Sarah Westphal, 2017 (ENG)
Somers Inge: Een attitude van interiorist, 2017 (NL)
Somers Inge: An interiorist attitude, 2017 (ENG)
Pil Lut: Reflecting Rooms, 2016 (ENG)
Pil Lut: Reflektierende Räume, 2016 (DE)
Rummens Marnix: Het heimelijke bewonen. Over Hintersteg van Sarah Westphal, 2014 (NL)

Pil Lut: Beelden in beweging, 2011 (NL)
Pil Lut: Images in motion, 2011 (ENG)
Van den Braembussche Antoon: Een poëtica van de ruimte. Enkele basismotieven in het werk van Sarah Westphal, 2011 (NL)
Van den Braembussche Antoon: A Poetics Of Space. Some Basic Motifs In Sarah Westphal’s Work, 2011 (ENG)
Jacobs Steven: Sarah Westphal en de fysionomie van het burgerlijke interieur in het Museum Mayer van den Bergh, 2013 (NL)
Jacobs Steven: Sarah Westphal and the Physiognomy of the Bourgeois Interior in the
Museum Mayer van den Bergh, 2013 (ENG)

PUBLICATIONS
2020 Setouchi Triennale 2019, Kyoto (JP): Seigensha Art Publishing, Inc, ISBN 9784861527920
2019 Input/Output, Jonge Kunst in de kijker 2005-2019, Brugge: Cultuur Centrum Brugge
2019 UnDoing, Manchester (UK): Castefield Gallery
2018 Flanders Architectural Review N°13, Antwerp (BE): Vlaams Architectuurinstituut
2018 Art Autun, Ce qui pèse et ce qui nourrit, Ghent (BE): Snoeck publishers
2018 Van den Braembussche Antoon, Alles komt terug, Leuven (BE): Uitgeverij P, (book cover)
2017 Fieke Konijn, Rachel Esner,  Curating the Collection, Amsterdam (NL): Stedelijk Studies, Issue #5
2017 Turning Photography: Flanders Arts Institute,
2017 The Black Cat Territory. Fictions and Frictions of Inhabited Space, Ghent (BE): LUCA Faculty of the Arts, Research Group Matter & Image
2017 Ecce Homo. Behold the Man, Veurne (BE): Uitgeveriij Hannibal
2016 Zwei Räume für sich allein. Maria von Gneisenau und Schloss Molsdorf, Berlin (DE): Revolver Publishing (shortlisted by Stiftung Buchkunst as most beautiful books of the year 2017)
2016 Germany, Mon Amour! Contemporary in Germany, Art, Architecture, Design, Imago Mundi, Luciano Benetton Foundation, Milan (IT): Antiga Edizioni
2015 Ename Actueel. Ritualia, Ename (BE):  Archeologisch Museum Ename, Province East Flanders
2015 Land van Garage, Ghent (BE): Den Boulevard
2015 Opitz Silke, Full House, Berlin (DE): Revolver Publishing
2015 Van den Bogaard Oscaar, The Institute, Ghent (BE): Uitgeverij Lannoo
2014 Dhondt Roger, Tussenwereld. Hedendaagse kunst in de crematoria van Lochristi en Sint-Niklaas, Lochristi (BE): IGS Westlede & MER
2014 Marie Sylvie, Altijd een raam, Antwerpen (BE): Uitgeverij Vrijdag, (book cover)
2014 Anne Brannys, Encyclopedia of Tenderness: Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (DE)
2013 Sarah Westphal: Allure Craquelure. Historische collectie hedendaags uitgelicht, Antwerpen (BE):
2013 Museum Mayer van den Bergh, D2013/0306/211, texts by Sarah Westphal and Steven Jacobs
2013 Sarah Westphal: TIMPANO, Cologne (DE): Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, monograph, text by Roland Krischel
2013 Lokaal 01 - 2013, Antwerpen: Lokaal 01
2012 Verhelst Peter, Ik herinner me dat je, Peter Verhelst bij het werk van Sarah Westphal, Ghent (BE)
2012 Hoet Jan, Sint Jan, Ghent (BE): Borgerhoff & Lamberights
2012 Provinciale Prijs Beeldende Kunst 2011, Ghent (BE): Province East Flanders,
2011 Sarah Westphal: Palimpsest, Ghent (BE), monograph, text by Lut Pil, Antoon Van den Braembussche
2011 Ename Actueel. Sediment, Ename (BE): Archeologisch Museum Ename, Province East Flanders
2011 Marie Sylvie, Toen je me ten huwelijk vroeg, Antwerpen (BE): Uitgeverij Vrijdag, (book cover)
2010 Uit het geheugen Museum Dr. Guislain, Tielt (BE): Uitgeverij Lannoo, ISBN 9789020985979 
2010 Watou 2010. Tussen Taal en Beeld Verzamelde Verhalen #02, Ghent (BE): WE Publish,
2009 La onquête de l’espace, Ghent (BE): Higher Institute for Fine Arts (Hisk)
2009 Temporary City, Berlin (DE): Revolver Publishing
2009 Watou 2009. Tussen Taal en Beeld Verzamelde Verhalen #01, Ghent (BE): WE Publish
2007 Sarah Westphal: Zwischendenräumen - Tussenderuimtes – Inbetweenspaces, limited edition picture book, Ghent (BE)

SELECTION OF ARTICLES 
Billa, D. (2019, 12 maart). Sarah Westphal on Ogijima. Setouchi Explorer. https://www.setouchiexplorer.com/sarah-westphal-on-ogijima/
Gerrie, A. (2019, 30 juli). Regenerating Japanese islands through art: the Setouchi Triennale - DesignCurial. Design Curial. http://www.designcurial.com/news/review-setouchi-triennale-7318029/
M. (2019, 5 juli). Setouchi Triennale 2019 - Top 5 Works Of Art On Display In Spring. MATCHA - JAPAN TRAVEL WEB MAGAZINE. https://matcha-jp.com/en/7361
McElhinney, D. (2019, augustus 16). 2019 Setouchi Triennale: Revitalizing Japan’s Art Islands. Tokyo Weekender. https://www.tokyoweekender.com/2019/08/2019-setouchi-triennale-revitalizing-art-islands-seto-inland-sea/
Wilcox, M. (2019, 19 augustus). Scattered over 12 islands, Japan’s Setouchi Triennale offers poignant reflections of local life by the sea. The Art Newspaper. https://www.theartnewspaper.com/review/setouchi-triennale
Anthony, D. A. (2019, 7 november). The Setouchi Triennale and the power of art and nature in Japan. SilverKris. https://www.silverkris.com/setouchi-triennale-art-nature-japan/
Lois De Mey, Kunstintegratie in ziekenhuizen, in: HART 22/02/18, p. 21
Hilde Van Canneydt, ECCE HOMO, Antwerpen, in: trendbeheer 12/01/18
https://trendbeheer.com/2018/01/12/ecce-homo-antwerpen/
Poels, Anne-Marie, Een kat op tafel, water in de kelder. Sarah Westphal bouwt ‘Hintersteg’, in Be-Part, in: HART 06/11/14, p. 5,7 (magazine cover)
Godart Bakkers, Sarah Westphal in Be-Part, Waregem. in: trendbeheer 15/10/14
http://trendbeheer.com/2014/10/15/sarah-westphal-in-be-part-waregem/
Braet Jan, Schilderen met Licht. Sarah Westphal in museum Mayer van den Bergh, in: Knack: 8/01/14, p.78-81
Poels, Anne-Marie, De collectie van Fritz leven ingeblazen. Sarah Westphal in Museum Mayer van den Bergh, in: HART 19/12/13
Schramm Susanne, Räume enthüllen Unheimliches Heim, in: Rheinische Post, 21/11/13
Sarah Westphal - Timpano, Zeitgenössische Fotokunst trifft alte Meister, in Ring Foto Magazine Nr.12 2013, p.12
Mundell Ian, Sarah Westphal subverts Mayer van den Bergh collection, in: Flanders Today 9/01/14
<http://www.flanderstoday.eu/art/sarah-westphal-subverts-mayer-van-den-bergh-collection>.
Bradel Franziska, Mit alter Kunst im Dialog, in: rheinische ART.kulturMagazin-online 01/2014
<http://www.rheinische-art.de/cms/topics/multidisziplinaer-sarah-westphal-im-dialog-mit-alter-kunst-im-museum-mayer-van-den-bergh.php>
Braet Jan, Wat de hersenen zich herinneren, in Knack 27/01/10, p. 62-66
De Baets Isabelle, Afbreken en weer opbouwen. Open studio’s in het Hisk, in: HART 4/06/09, p.6
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