April 16, 2020

SARA CWYNAR is contributing her print Cami to the Pictures for Elmhurst fundraiser in Queens, New York.




Elmhurst Hospital Center has been overwhelmed during the pandemic and has devoted 95% of the building to Covid-19 patients. It is a “safety-net” hospital that serves predominantly low-income patients. The hospital notes: 

“The hospital has been flooded with Covid-19 patients and is struggling to keep up with demand for both medical personnel and PPE. The Pictures For Elmhurst project adds desperately-needed supplies for those on the front lines fighting this virus. It is inspiring to know that such talented photographers and artists ‘have our back’ and are keeping our staff and community in mind during this terribly difficult time.”

Cwynar is participating in this fundraiser with 186 photographers. Cami is available for purchase for $150 USD with all the proceeds going to Elmhurst Hospital Center. It is an open edition, time-limited for the duration of the fundraiser. The photographs are all printed by the Brooklyn-based Griffin Editions and will be shipped once non-essential businesses reopen.

Cami reflects Cwynar’s interest in the re-presentation of visual materials and tropes. Balancing on one foot as she ‘poses’ deadpan for the photographer, the physical precarity of the woman depicted mirrors the makeshift chartreuse yellow backdrop. Referencing retail catalogues and old art history textbooks, Cwynar’s visual assemblages meditate on how vernacular images shape collective world views, and how those ideals can change through time and contextual manipulation.


SARA CWYNAR (b. 1985, Vancouver, Canada) works in photography and film to explore the way that images accumulate, endure, and change in value over time. Her works involve constant archiving and re-presentation of collected visual materials, layering diverse imagery with references to art theory. Cwynar was one of the recipients of the 2020 Sobey Art Award. She received her Bachelor of Design from York University in 2010 and her MFA from Yale University in 2016. She has exhibited at international museums including the Museum of Modern Art (2019); the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (2019); Milwaukee Art Museum (2019); Oakville Galleries (2018); Minneapolis Institute of Art (2018); Museum für Moderne Kunst (2017); the Fondazione Prada (2016); and MoMA PS1 (2015), and international galleries including The Approach, London (2020); Foxy Production, New York (2017); Cooper Cole, Toronto (2016); Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York (2015), M+B Gallery, Los Angeles (2014); and Fluxia Gallery, Milan (2014). In 2014, Cwynar was awarded the Printed Matter Emerging Artists Publication Series and published her first monograph, entitled Kitsch Encyclopedia, with Blonde Art Books. Her work is in the permanent collections of museums including the Guggenheim Museum (New York), SFMoMA (San Francisco), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas), Minneapolis Institute of Art (Minneapolis), Milwaukee Art Museum (Milwaukee), and the Museum of Modern Art (New York). Cwynar currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


To view the work and purchase prints, please visit Pictures for Elmhurst.

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