Double Tap That - Sarah Bahbah
It seems to us that art can go one of two ways. Either it exists to engulf your entire perception for that precious split moment in time to transport you somewhere else entirely OR it exists to act like a mirror to the society it was born from. If it’s done well enough, the latter often scores the creator the title of ‘a voice of the generation’. If you think about it – even for a minute – we bet at least one springs to mind.
That unique pool of individuals that somehow manage to pin down the writhing essence of not just a time and a place, but a people. A feeling. A living thing.
Musicians, artists, directors – visionaries.
For somehow distilling something so complex into something so still. Something that will last a lifetime. Something that triggers mass introspection – not just now, but for years to come.
But in a time of generation millennial – complex subcultures, a relentless pace of change – where authentic identity is both fiercely revered and forms a fickle creative process all its own, social movements can sometimes last only as long as it takes Instagram to alter their algorithm. What is incomprehensibly everywhere one day can be nowhere to be effing found the next. Everything is so damn accessible that it doesn’t really matter how long it lasts.
Here. Now. Mine.
Capturing the glorious mess of it all with any type of clarity, then, is no easy feat.
That’s why we’re pretty much besotted with 25-year-old visual power house Sarah Bahbah. Rapidly infamous for her explicitly transparent portrayal of the lives of young females and virile depiction of millennial subculture, Sarah is blessed with the art of intuitive perception.
Growing up in Australia, Sarah’s childhood as a Palestinian female forged an inner rebellion in her that is embedded in the handwriting of her work today. Raised faced with Western culture but trapped within the expectation that, as a young woman, her thoughts and concerns should be set aside, her candour and transparency as a female and as an artist are now her personal flags to proudly bare. Her work is consciously and unashamedly a celebration of emotional freedom and female indulgence – coming of age art for the Instagram generation.
From ‘Sex and Takeout’ to ‘This Is Not For You’, Sarah’s colourful, 90’s inspired episodes are tinged with cinematic dramatic. Like you’re peeping into a scene you’re not supposed to, these private, intimate moments are brought to life in lively vignettes, all accented with just the right slight of sarcasm and a metaphorical sardonically raised eyebrow.
They live, her pieces.
And we love them.
Hop over to her Instagram, where she’s quickly racking up the followers and becoming one of the most shared accounts online.