Sarah Vanhee's artistic practice is linked to performance, visual art and literature. It uses different formats and is often (re)created in situ, with projects occurring in living rooms, a prison, during business meetings, in the park, …
Her most recent work includes The C-Project, Turning Turning (a choreography of thoughts) (Frascati Producties & CAMPO), Untitled, Lecture For Every One (CAMPO) and I screamed and I screamed and I screamed (Contour).
Her work has been presented in various contexts such as De Appel arts centre (Amsterdam), iDans (Istanbul), Centre Pompidou (Metz), ImPulsTanz festival (Vienna), Artefact festival/STUK (Leuven), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), Printemps de Septembre (Toulouse), Biennale (Bern), Arnolfini Gallery (Bristol), Contour (Mechelen), Théâtre de la Cité (Paris), HAU (Berlin), etc.
Vanhee is co-author of the art book Untranslatables - a guide to translingual dialogue and author of The Miraculous Life of Claire C and TT.
She also coaches, teaches, and writes interviews and texts. Her work was nominated for the Ton Lutz prijs 2007 (honourable mention), Prix Jardin d’Europe (2010) and the VSCD Mimeprijs 2012.
Her trajectory at CAMPO started off with the lecture-performance Me and My Stranger (2009). In 2011 she created the piece Turning Turning (a choreography of thoughts) (Frascati Productions and CAMPO), in collaboration with two performers and a number of scholars from the fields of philosophy, neuro-linguistics, psychoanalysis, mathematics and performance theory.
In 2012 she started Untitled. This project consists of a series of individual visits to private houses where people talk about the art works they have at home. Untitled has taken place in different cities, such as Leuven, Brussels, Frankfurt and Gent, in collaboration with local art venues and citizens.
In August 2013, Sarah Vanhee made an installation together with inmates of the prison in Mechelen (BE): I screamed and I screamed and I screamed. This project was hosted by Contour 2013.
Spring 2013 Lecture For Every One took off, a series of unannounced artistic interventions in different places where people gather together for a specific purpose, either private or professional. Lecture For Every One is a short lecture on contemporary society as a co-creation by every-one, traveling from banks to football teams and city councils.
Oblivion premiered November 2015 at CAMPO and has been touring since then. Oblivion is a performance with everything Sarah Vanhee would have thrown away during one year working and living. A slow celebration of things unhidden.
In January 2017, Sarah Vanhee released her first film The Making of Justice, in collaboration with seven long term detainees. This followed a lengthy research project exploring on the one hand the discrepancy between the formal, institutional system of justice versus justice as a lived experience; on the other hand the human gap between the exoticised, eroticised Hollywood gangsters, and the monsters created by mainstream media.
In 2017-2018, Sarah will be creating What darkness is made of, a performance made by and with children (6-12 years old). This work is based on the powerful capacity of children to relentlessly ask questions, from banal to profound, from improbable to existential. If adults, maybe tired of too much reality, cannot answer their questions, children often come up with surprising answers, creating alternative logics or new meanings. Vanhee wants to encourage this constant wondering, and sees it as the base for a creation of different worlds.