Sara VanDerBeek is an artist born in United States, currently working in United States.

VanDerBeek culls photographs from various sources—such as newspapers, magazines, and exhibition catalogues—and incorporates them into temporary structures that she photographs. A Composition for Detroit (2009), a four-part ode to Motor City, reflects on the country’s current financial state and the disintegrating fabric of postindustrial cities. The work incorporates a variety of appropriated images, from media photographs of the divisive 1967 Detroit riots to Walker Evans’s Depression-era photograph of a deteriorating Southern plantation house, reminiscent of Detroit’s abandoned factories. References embedded in VanDerBeek’s photographs explore not only the symbolism of the depicted images, but also the physical and cultural connections between them.