Sarah Mei Herman

Sarah Mei Herman was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1980). After studying Philosophy for one year at the University of Amsterdam, she studied photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, where she received her BA in 2005. She recently graduated from The Royal College of Art in London, with an MA in Fine Art Photography. In her work she explores relationships and intimacy between people, with a special focus on familial intimacy.

Davis was commissioned for the first fine art exhibition at The Roundhouse in 2009 which then toured to Brussels to the Theatre Opt De Markt (the International Circus and Theatre Festival).


I am fascinated by relationships between people, the physical closeness between them or what sets them apart, and the necessity of this physical proximity to others. The most fragile contact and elusive things between people often seem to exist beyond the reach of language. However it is this what I try to capture in my images. My fascination for sibling relationships partly comes from the fact that I grew up without siblings - my half-brother was born when I was twenty years old - and as a child I always wondered what it would be like to have a brother or sister. Now as an adult, I find myself observing siblings, repeatedly photographing and filming them; trying to get a closer understanding of what this familial intimacy means. Throughout the last few years I have been photographing my half-brother alone or together with his (and my) father. I’m interested in the ‘triangular’ relationship between the three of us. My memories as a young child, of the relationship with my father, are now in a way mirrored in my half-brother. By photographing my half-brother I try to approach our unusual sibling-relationship which I am part of at a physical.


National Biennale: Derby 2010

Visual ArtsOliver WoodS