Sarah Nesbitt

Artist Statement

We live in a time in this society where history is being reconstructed and opinions are clearly misinterpreted as evidence-based facts. What constitutes accurate, reliable information is important for us to know and be reminded of at this time.

I research forgeries, stolen artwork, plagiarism, memory, censorship, misattribution, the writing and re-writing of histories, evaluating the gap between accuracy and fiction. A photograph is often perceived to be an objective arbiter of truth, but realistically it is just as open to manipulation as the process of recording history. Photography can alter our entire perception of reality via editing, interpretation, and desensitization, as well as by constructing a hyper-reality and depicting pseudo-events. My goal is to create broad awareness of our shortcomings in recording and portraying history so people understand it not as static stories frozen and dead in the past, but as a medium of active engagement – a living, breathing investigation into what came before us, constantly striving to reach the truth.


Sarah Nesbitt was born in Syracuse, New York and has an MFA in Photography at Pennsylvania State University and a BFA in Photography and Drawing at the State University of New York at Oswego. Nesbitt has exhibited her work in venues located in South Korea, Scotland, Argentina, United Arab Emirates, Hungary, Spain and throughout the United States. She recently had a solo exhibition at the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Target Gallery and has three upcoming group exhibitions two in Italy and one at Columbia College. Her work has been featured in publications such as the Washington Post, Hyperallergic, the third edition of The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes (Cengage Learning Press), Photographer’s Forum, Detroit Metro Times, Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance (Oxford University Press), and Theatre Topics (John Hopkins University Press).