"L'appareil photo est une machine mais il faut essayer de dépasser son programme pour essayer de trouver une liberté."


Merging portraiture, snapshot and arranged tableau, Lise Sarfati’s work exists at the edge of reality and fiction. Drawing on cinema and literature, her images conjure richly layered worlds often centered on specific “characters”, which avoid any fixed narratives and allow viewers to inhabit a space of multiple interpretations.

Sarfati’s work has been exhibited internationally and is held in major public and private collections, including the Centre Pompidou, Paris; LACMA, Los Angeles; SF MoMA, CA; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; De Young Museum, San Francisco; Pier 24, San Francisco; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA ; Maison Européene de la Photographie, Paris; Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris; Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris; Domus Artium, Salamanca; Fundación Enrique Ordonez Folcon; and the Wilson Center of Photography, London.


All images in the video : copyright lise sarfati