Granary Arts Sarah Malakoff Second Nature

SARAH MALAKOFF / Second Nature

October 13, 2017 – January 26, 2018


For as long as I can remember, I have had a preoccupation with domestic interiors. As a child, I constantly rearranged the furniture, rugs, and even functions of the rooms in my house. Looking back, it seems to have been an effort to transform my surroundings at a time when not much else was in my power. My long-term photographic project looks at the ways we arrange our most intimate spaces. Our tastes, personalities, quirks and culture are expressed through our décor choices – sometimes intentionally, but often without realizing bits of our most authentic selves have seeped to the surface. 


Header image: Blizzard, Sarah Malakoff

About the Artist

Sarah Malakoff‘s large-scale color photographs are examinations of the home as both a refuge from and at times a re-creation of the outside world. She has had solo exhibitions at Camerawork Gallery, Portland, Oregon, The Garner Center for Photography and Miller Yezerski Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts, the Vermont Center for Photography in Brattleboro, Vermont, the Sol Mednick Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts, and Plane Space in New York, New York. Her photographs have also been shown at The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts, The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, and The Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts. She received a 2001 and 2011 Artist’s Fellowship in Photography from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and a 2011 Traveling Fellowship from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A monograph entitled Sarah Malakoff: Second Nature was published by Charta Art Books in 2013 and includes an introduction by Linda Benedict-Jones, Curator of Photography at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh and an essay by Jen Mergel, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 

Malakoff’s work has been reviewed on, Art in America and a project has been published in the Fall 2007 issue of Esopus Magazine. Her work has been also been reproduced and reviewed in Slate, Emaho Magazine (India), Scopio Network (Portugal), Tonelit Magazine (Great Britain), Artnet Magazine (January 2011), Pittsburgh Magazine (May 2010), PDN Online, (May 2009), Big, Red, and Shiny (May 2007), Down East (May 2007), Boston Globe (June 2005), Nest (Fall 2003), Camerawork (Winter 2002), and San Francisco Chronicle (August 2002). She is included in the collections of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The DeCordova Museum, The Haggerty Museum of Art, Simmons College, Smith College Museum of Art, and Fidelity Investments. Malakoff currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts and teaches at The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.