Sarah Vanhee

Eva Donckers
Project collaboration


°1980, Oostende (BE)

Sarah Vanhee is an internationally renowned artist, performer and author, whose work has been shown in major performing arts contexts for the past fifteen years, as well as in the visual arts, film and literature. Vanhee is known for her transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral work and for inventing ever new, original art forms, mostly in a dilettant manner. Her art is driven by radical imagination, which leads to the creation of radical new fictions, or the realization of radical interventions in reality. In addition, art is an instrument for her to bring underexposed narratives and non-dominant voices to the foreground. 

Vanhee travels in between public space and institutional art field. She worked in prisons, private living rooms, open fields, theatres, on public canvases, in corporate meeting rooms, etc. Recent works include amongst others Mémé (stage-performance), bodies of knowledge (nomadic classroom), undercurrents (intervention), collected screams (lecture performance), Unforetold (stage performance), The Making of Justice (film), Oblivion (stage performance), Untitled (meetings in private houses), Lecture For Every One (series of intrusions). 

Vanhee believes that art belongs to everyone, and everyone can be an artist. 

While strongly embedded locally, Vanhee’s work has been presented widely internationally (in diverse contexts such as KFDA (Brussels), FTA (Montreal), Museo de Reina Sofia (Madrid), Festival Actoral (Marseille), Jihlava IDFF, Van Abbe Museum (Eindhoven), Centre Pompidou (Metz), iDans (Istanbul), Printemps de Septembre (Toulouse), Wiener Festwochen, etc.)

She co-published Untranslatables and wrote Lecture For Every One, The Miraculous Life of Claire C and TT, as well as other texts in the artistic and academic context. 

Vanhee holds a PHD degree from ARIA and the Antwerp school of Art.

Vanhee regularly collaborates with arts centre CAMPO (Ghent), and was a founding member of the artist-initiated non-profit associations Manyone (2025-2023) and BOK (2018-2023). Her work has been part of European networks such as ACT, APAP, House on Fire and Next Step. Since 2023, she has been collaborating with HIROS.