“Born 1976 – Iran, Sara Rajaei is a video artist- filmmaker based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In her work, she studies the notion of time in relation with the function of memory, narrative techniques, space and absence. Her artistic oeuvre consists mainly of short films and video installations, which remain in-between storytelling and imagery.
After her graduation from the Royal Academy of Art The Hague in 2002, Rajaei attended a 2-year residency at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten Amsterdam. In 2009, she was awarded Prix de Rome basic prize. Her work has been exhibited at various art venues and festivals around the world. Notable shows include de Appel arts centre, Stroom Den Haag, Rotterdam filmfestival, Rencontres internationales Paris Berlin Madrid, Art Brussels, Stiftelsen 3.14 and many more. Her works have previously been presented in Bergen as part of the EU project “At Home in Europe” in 2007, and as screening programs at 3,14 in 2012 and 2015.
Circulating AiR is a three-year pilot project at Stiftelsen 3,14 consisting of an international artist-in-residence program that traverses the county of Hordaland on the west coast of Norway. Earlier, 3,14 arranged art shows that toured around the region, and as this practice faded out, the institution focused on rethinking new strategies in order to revitalize its engagement with the county. Each residency program lasts for a period of six to eight weeks, every single round being arranged in a new municipality.
By direct invitation, 3,14 curates profiled international artists inclined to work site-specifically. The program covers all expenses and provides a working fee as well as a production budget. The artists commit to developing site-related works during their stay, establishing a dialogue with the hosting community in various ways, i.e. by taking into account historical, geographical, contextual, contemporary and traditional aspects that have formed it. All projects are publicly shown in their respective hosting communities and the artists also provide a lecture in a local school.
The Circulating AiR program is funded by Hordaland Cultural Development Program (KUP), Hordaland county.
Sara Rajaei’s residency receives additional support from Arts Council Norway and CBK Rotterdam.