Sarah Minter (1953-2016) was a Mexican filmmaker and videographer, a pioneer of experimental film in her country.
Sarah Minter was born in the city of Puebla de Zaragoza, where she will live with her 9 brothers and sisters until she is ten, mime where her family emigrates to Mexico City.
This move gives her the opportunity to attend the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, where she studies theater. At the same time, she learns graphic design and self-taught cinema.
From an early age, Sarah Minter became interested in artistic experimentation, as evidenced by her stint at the Teatro Laboratorio, conducted by Juan Carlos Uviedo during his stay in Mexico between 1970 and 1974.
“It can be said that his work is generally traversed by an emotional gaze that expresses a particular interest in the individual’s relations with the social, the political, the city, the body and the enjoyment.”
In the early 1980s, Sarah Minter left the graphics to focus on the moving image; although she is starting to work with film formats, she opts quickly for video: “My first contact with the moving image is actually the cinema: super 8 and 16mm. I made some pieces with this material, but it was precisely through a search for independence that I came to the video.”