Sarah Pollman is an interdisciplinary scholar who works in and around photography. Their current research examines the visual cultures of mental health experiences, both in the past and present day. Their previous projects have examined the role of the psychiatric institution in the treatment and burial of anonymous loved ones, and the movement of family photographs through capitalist systems of distribution and display.

Sarah's published works include a book, The Distances Between Us, published by Trëma Forlag, and articles in Art New England and BigRed & Shiny. Their visual projects have been shown internationally, including solo shows at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Danforth Art Museum. Their works are held in permanent collections that include the Danforth Art Museum, the SGCI Archives in the Zuckerman Museum of Art and the Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, et al. Their work has been supported by the Linde Family Foundation / Museum of Fine Arts Boston; the Barr Foundation / Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art; the AICA-USA and Creative Capital / Warhol Foundation Art Writing Workshop; Concordia University; Emerson College and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, among others. 

Sarah is a PhD student at Concordia University in Montréal, working under the supervision of Dr. Jeremy Stolow. They hold an MFA from Tufts University and a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. In addition to traditional scholarly output, they maintain visual arts and curatorial practices and are committed to creating a more just educational experience through radical pedagogical practices.

Tiohtià:ke / Montréal, QC is located on the ancestral and unceded lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation, which has long been a site of meeting and exchange among many First Nations, including the Kanien’kehá:ka of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Huron/Wendat, Abenaki, and Anishinaabeg. As an immigrant and visitor, I acknowledge the sacred land where I live and work, and pay respect to the Kanien’kehá:ka elders past and present. This land has been and continues to be home to the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation, rightful guardians of these lands and waters, who live here today as they have for 12,000 years.

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