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Ana Saut

Sri Lanka
March '22 - present

Participant of international art residences

and of more than 50 exhibition projects in different countries, including Biennale for Young Art

Stop! Who goes? and a solo exhibition at MMOMA.

In her work Saut takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on her professional experience both in psychology and art.

One of the main themes in the artist's work is that of motherhood and living/experiencing childhood.
Saut's work is included in a number of significant art catalogs and can be found in private collections all over the world.


War is always a stolen childhood. Loss of home, support, parents, favorite toys... Loss of future bright memories. The very stable sense of love and security that is laid down in childhood is undermined. Anyone who has seen explosions and death will always remember it. Even a short war kills for a long time.
The Stolen Childhood Project was created in February-March 2022. I left Russia because I could not accept what was happening there. I couldn't keep silent either, and it became dangerous to speak. I packed my suitcases, selectively throwing in my son's toys. At that moment, a shoe from a doll caught my eye. It was definitely not one of my son's toys. It was just a weird, blue shoe out of nowhere. I leaned over it and realized... and began to cry.

I cried for a long time.

Then I put that shoe in my suitcase, bought a children's art tool - a burnisher and a few more toys and flew to Sri Lanka.
This is where my second home is.
From the scraps of fishing boats and toy scraps I created an installation called Stolen Childhood using burnout techniques. The toys are just an allegory. They represent the images of people with their broken lives and, at the same time, the heartfelt pain of a child whose favorite toy is broken.
I cried a lot while I was working on this installation.
I spent my childhood in Ukraine. Many Ukrainian children's childhoods were forever shattered by terrible events.

Metamorphoses. Lullaby. 2022



solo exhibitions
collective exhibitions

2023 - Bright Moments, Ana Saut and Tomas Clausen, Curator Sona Mi, Lanka Living Gallery, Fort Galle. Sri Lanka;
2022 - Here and Now, Ana Saut, AXL, Tomas Clausen, Talpe. Sri Lanka

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