2016-2018 Sanne Kabalt

Sanne Kabalt (Amsterdam, 1989) is a Dutch artist who works with the medium of photography, often accompanied by writing. After her studies in photography at the Utrecht School of the Arts (2011) she obtained her MA degree from the Dutch Art Institute (2018) in Arnhem. Recent exhibitions include Beautiful Distress House (Amsterdam), Württembergischer Kunstverein (Stuttgart) and Lítost (Prague). Alongside her artistic practice, Kabalt teaches at different institutions such as Merz Akademie Stuttgart (DE) & Buitenkunst (NL). Her first book, ‘Zolang je niet zo over problemen praat zie je er toch niks van’, which roughly translates to ‘As long as you don’t talk about problems so much you won’t see them anyways’, was published in 2018 by Het Vijfde Seizoen.

In her work, Kabalt usea a wide range of media: photography is often at the core, accompanied by poetry, drawing, installation, projection, song or performance. The content of the project determines its form.

Thematically, she is engaged in the realms of illness, death, madness and loss and human-non human relations. Working with themes like these requires sensitivity and nuance.

Her work originates in questions that have a strong hold on her. What is the relation between pain and the words we give to it? How do we look at photographs of someone who is no longer there? Should the camera do what the eyes cannot? By making a work she is not trying to solve these questions but rather to open them up and go into their depths.

Photography implies a focus on a static end result, but Kabalt is interested in what comes before and after that, and deliberately blurs the distinctions between a process and a finished work.


Watch Sanne Kabalt's 20 minute presentation Take care in beholding the self for CONSTANT CRAVING ~ PERFORMING UNDER CONDITIONS - DAI's 3 day performance-lecture marathon at State of Concept in Athens, June 2018. 

Learn more about Sanne Kabalt’s written MA thesis: Capture: Wording, Haunting, Dissolving

Follow Sanne's "life after DAI" on her website

Sanne returned to DAI at various occasions and locations to assist with logistics and care.