Sarah Sao Mai Habib

Sarah Sao Mai Habib engage’s the interaction between place, space, body, and the constructed borders within & between them. Her creative practice is an act of remembrance & honoring the resilience that allows her to be & to cultivate balance. This investigation & larger calling originate from a deeply personal place. Her work embodies a particular weaving of Vietnamese & Iraqi heritage within Turtle Island. She comes from a long lineage of bridging, of: diaspora, refugees, healers, mystics, & keepers of wisdom who hold the tension of indigenous & colonized ways. Most recently, her practice includes writing, reciting, self publishing, research, curation, somatic contemplative work, ritual and ceremony. Less recently, her practice includes photography, illustration, print, performance, speculative/conceptual & built architecture.


Truth & Reconciliation 2018/2019



Santa Barbara, CA USA


“Trauma decontextualized in a person looks like personality. Trauma decontextualized in a family looks like family traits. Trauma in a people looks like culture.” – Resmaa Menakem

Our task is to remember the historic context & intergenerational patterns that have deeply embedded & normalized violence in every aspect of our lives. With truthful reckoning, there comes a serious responsibility for healing & reparations at multiple scales. This is the urgent liberation work that we must engage in interpersonally & globally. This is the work of remembering & recreating cultures which courageously affirm life, reciprocity, and honoring all our relations on earth. This is the work of remembering what it means to be human. –Sarah Sao Mai Habib