Selected Solo Exhibitions


Ken. To be destroyed. Curated by Val Williams and Robin Christian. Upper Gallery, London College of Communication (LCC). Part of the University of the Arts London (UAL) Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) Moose on the Loose Research Biennale. Opened as part of LGBT History Month

Posters from ‘The Dress’. The LCC Studio, Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre SE1 6TE. Part of the Moose on the Loose Research Biennale

The Ken Project Archive. PARCspace, LCC. Two-person exhibition/collaboration with Val Williams. Part of the Moose on the Loose Research Biennale


Ken. To be destroyed. Curated by Val Williams and Robin Christian. Schwules Museum, Berlin


Ken. To be destroyed (installation), Victoria and Albert Museum, British Galleries Film Space

Extreme. Two-person exhibition/collaboration with Catherine Faulds. The Glass Tank, Oxford Brookes University


Ken. To be destroyed (installation), University of Victoria, B.C., Canada

Ken. To be destroyed, Museum of Liverpool

Ken. To be destroyed, LimeWharf Gallery, Fringe! Film and Arts Festival, London

Ken. To be destroyed, PARCspace, LCC, UAL


Ken. To be destroyed. Unity Theatre, Liverpool, part of Homotopia’s 10th Anniversary Arts Festival


In/visible Genders, LBGT Centre, Paris, part of Transgenders: New Identities and Visibilities conference, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris-3


Every Noble Work Is At First Impossible. Two-person exhibition/collaboration with Stephen Whittle OBE. Somatechnics, Sydney, Australia


transfiguration, FUTURE*QUEER, University College Dublin, Ireland

Getting Wed. Two-person exhibition/collaboration with Stephen Whittle OBE. Part of ‘Transfabulous’, 1st International Festival of Transgender Arts, London


nu-gender, APT Gallery, London


Orlando's Butterflies, MOMA Oxford, Lower Gallery


Selected Group Exhibitions


Catharsis. Belfast Exposed. With Amak Mahmoodian and Mariela Sancari

Ken. To be destroyed (digital installation), Focus Mumbai Photo Festival, Carter Road, Banda, Mumbai, India


Trans* Portraits. In April Ashley: Portrait of a Lady. Museum of Liverpool (2013-2015)


Trans*_Homo: of Lesbian Trans* Gays and Other Normalities, Schwules Museum, Berlin


finds 1. The Well Gallery, LCC, UAL


ReImag(in)ing SomaSex, Macquarie University Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Censored, SHOUT Festival, Birmingham


Somatechnics, Macquarie University Gallery, Sydney, Australia


Basel Art Fair, Schweizer Mustermesse, Basel, Switzerland

Paris Photo, The Louvre Carousel, Paris, France

Victoria and Albert Museum events 2015

Held in connection with the Ken. To be destroyed project

Quests for Lost Histories: In Conversation with Jack (Judith) Halberstam. Queer and Now Friday Late

To Be Destroyed: In Conversation with Zorian Clayton, Assistant Curator of Prints, Victoria & Albert Museum. Discussion to accompany the screening of Ahmed Ateyya’s film To Be Destroyed about the making of Ken.To be destroyed. Screened with Different from the Others the first Gay Rights film made in 1919. Part of the British Film Institute Flare Festival




Philip Leverhulme Prize, The Leverhulme Trust


Ken. To be destroyed nominated for the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize


LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory

Insight Grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Named collaborator on the award. P.I. Assoc. Prof Elspeth Brown, University of Toronto, Canada.


Wellcome Trust Small Grant          


Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts 


Associate Project Award, Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN), UAL  


AHRC Research Grant

British Council Overseas Conference Award


Promising Researcher Fellowship, Wimbledon School of Art        


AHRC Doctoral Award


University of the Arts London Doctoral Studentship


AHRC Small Grant in the Creative and Performing Arts


Development Fellowship, Association of Commonwealth Universities


Fulbright Hays Award, Fulbright Hays Commission



Publications: Monographs


Ken. To be destroyed. Edited by Val Williams. Schilt Publishing, Amsterdam


Crossing the Line. Dewi Lewis Publishing


Publications: Journal Articles and Book Chapters


The Ken. To be destroyed Project Archive. Journal article co-authored with Val Williams. Photography and Culture, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 77-84

Photoworks Annual: Photography, Art, Visual Culture. Issue 24: LGBTQ+. Series featured: Eve, Adam, and the Garden of Earthly Delights. Essay by Karin Bareman. Published by Photoworks


Re-imag(in)ing Life-making, or Queering the Somatechnics of Reproductive Futurity. Book chapter co-authored with Nikki Sullivan. In Critical Kinship Studies: Kinship (trans) formed. Kroløkke, C., Adrian, S. & Myong, L. (eds.). Published by Rowman & Littlefield

Queering the Trans* Family Album. Journal article co-authored with Elspeth Brown. In Queering Archives: Intimate tracings. Special Journal Issue of Radical History Review. Issue 122.  Marshall, D., Tortorici, Z. & Murphy, K. (eds.)


Ken. To be destroyed. Fieldstudy 19. Edited by Val Williams. Published by Photography and the Archive Research Centre, LCC, UAL

Transsexual Experiences: Photography, gender and the case of the emperor's new clothes. Book chapter in Transgender Experience: Place, Ethnicity and Visibility. Zabus, C. & Coad, D. (eds.). Published by Routledge

Imag(in)ing Trans Partnerships: Collaborative photography and intimacy. Journal article in Trans Sexualities. Special Journal Issue of Journal of Homosexuality. Vol. 61, issue 5. Pfeffer, C. (ed.). Published by Taylor and Francis


Beyond Borders: Lived experiences of atypically gendered transsexual people. Book chapter in Transgender entities: Towards a social analysis of gender diversity. Hines, S. & Sanger, T. (eds.). Published by Routledge


Border Trouble: Photography, strategies, and transsexual identities. Journal article in SCAN: Journal of media, arts, culture. Vol. 3, issue 3. Anderson, N. & Sullivan, N. (eds.).


trans agenda: transsexual portraits. Source Photographic Review.  Issue 39. Duncan, J. (ed.)  

Selected Press

Ken. To Be Destroyed – Sara Davidmann’s work at Belfast Exposed, Photomonitor, November 2017

New show Catharsis makes the private public, British Journal of Photography, October 2017

The Photographer Rewriting Her Transgendered Family History, Another magazine, February 2017

Ken. To Be Destroyed: An Art Exhibit Exploring The Life Of A Transgender Woman In 1950s London, Huffington Post, January 2017

5 Queer Art Exhibitions to See This Spring in London, OUT, 2017

Sara Davidmann: Ken. To be destroyed, Lens Scratch, April 2016

One Artist’s Quest to Honor Her Transgender Uncle, New York Times, March 2016

A Family Reimagined, The New York Times, Sunday March 20, 2016

Es ware falsch, das zu verstecken, Die Zeitung, 17 March 2016

After 62 years, the heartbreaking story of Scotland's 'Danish Girl' finally comes to light, Herald Scotland, March 2016

Sara Davidmann über ihren Onkel Ken, ihre Fotoschau und ein Familienarchiv, Jüdische Allgemeine, March 2016

Die Zerstörung von Ken, Art in Berlin, March 2016

Ken. To be destroyed, book review, 1000 Words, June 2016

Unveiling a family secret, The International New York Times, July 2014

The artist who brought her uncle back to life as a woman, The Guardian, May 2014

My transgender uncle: A family secret hidden for decades, The Guardian, November 2013


Curating and Editing


Guest Curator of UAL PARC’s Moose on the Loose Research Biennale. Co-Curated with Val Williams. Events organised around themes from the Ken. To be destroyed project including exhibitions, talks, a one-day alternative photography symposium, film festival and photography workshops


Queering Photography. Special Journal Issue of Photography and Culture. Vol. 7, issue 3. Special Issue Co-Editor with Elspeth Brown and Bruno Ceschel. Published by Bloomsbury


finds 1. Exhibition curated for Photography and the Archive Research Centre, The Well Gallery, LCC, UAL


Trans Lives: Presenting the (Extra) Ordinary. Exhibition Co-Curated with Simon Croft for the Transfabulous International Arts Festival, London. This exhibition was subsequently presented as a projection at The Trans Community Conference: Our Bodies, Our Minds, Our Environments, London