Wool knitted head-piece by Sarah Haddou, 2013
Photo: Raúl Miyar
Sarah Haddou is a French-Algerian multidisciplinary artist whose passion and focus is on performance art and painting. Her practice also extends to other mediums such as photography, sculpture, and installations. She lives and works between Paris and Santo Domingo.
She traveled extensively in her youth from the Indian Ocean to the Caribbean and the United-states. Haddou’s multi-disciplinary practice is informed by her multicultural experience. Catalyzed by her immersion in several countries, her initial and ongoing inspirations and queries on borders, walls, veils and notions of belonging through the physical element of blood, have become the genesis of her works.
Based on memory and emotions, involving the conscious and the subconscious, her work is inspired by personal experience and cultural contexts that reference universal myths, the sacred realm, and the female condition. She questions both the concept of purity and its origin using as a raw material her own upbringing divided between two opposite cultures that regard women’s freedom differently. Her personal experiences are transformed through the use of mythological and archetypal imagery that confront the sacred and the profane.
She studied philosophy at La Sorbonne University while working as a designer and art director in Paris. She graduated from Chavón | The School of Design in the Dominican Republic, an affiliate of The Parsons School of Design, The New School in New York.
"We learn from a very young age
to protect ourselves from the others, from the unknown.
My body of work invites us to awaken the unconscious using the concept of duality and highlighting the limitations of our learned social patterns.
The inherent duality in our lives implies that there are two parts, such as one separate from the other, one rejected by the other, one that is good and the other bad, in short, the enemy and the friend. Since there are opposing entities where an enemy exists, a division is created, a disconnection and a necessity to construct a form of protection, albeit false, in order to defend our vulnerability.
By enclosing ourselves with walls and all forms of separation we create superficial prisons of security.”