Surface study 
Images by Sara Sandri

London-based multidisciplinary artist Sara Sandri’s interest lies, as she says, “In our relationship with landscape and the origin of belonging.” It’s natural resources like clay, rocks and other organically found objects that inform her work.

Since graduating from the London College of Communication with a BA in Photography, Sandri has seen success as one of the Magnum Photos & Photo London Graduate Award winners in 2016, alongside a nomination for the Mack First Book Awards.

Much of Sandri’s work involves self-initiated, research-led projects, with anthropological ideas at the core.These often incorporate sculptures that resemble the earth, or directly reference the use of soil.

Sandri says, “This mini-series was born from the idea of how we interact and affect our landscape.” After researching our impact on the soil and certain areas in the world where we have had more impact than others, she became fascinated by megaliths and other forms, as well as how we interfere with the natural elements. This led Sara to a very small town near Dorchester, where she found a dolmen called Hell’s Stone. “Around this area, there were many other sights that visually linked to Hell’s Stone, and so I began shooting these rock formations.” A couple of months later, Sandri travelled to Almeria in Spain. She visited several semi-archeological sights that were used as movie sets for spaghetti-westerns. Many were derelict and resembled the rock formations in Dorset. She said, “I found both locations incredibly similar and interesting to shoot and work with together.”

To her, change is particularly compelling when it comes to landscapes. “I am drawn to places that have shifted their form; especially soil, how soil is used and how its form and nature changes throughout time.”

Ideas of fluidity concerning borders drift in and out of her majestic works. Using photography, sculpture, moving image and archive materials, Sara’s work attempts to blur into a space of its own. And her aim to recreate lost soil through constructing her own narratives has proved thoroughly effective.

Sara’s interest lays in our relationship to landscape and the origin of belonging. Visit to find out more.

This feature was first published in Issue Two of SATORI. To explore issue one further click here.

Created by Duncan Woods & Seb Camilleri