Jasmine Bakalarz – the Museum’s fifth artist-in-residence
Jasmine Bakalarz deals mainly with portraits. She is the author of series of photographs documenting the lives of children in various social communities. She is interested in the issues of sexual identity, social stratification and immigration.
She works in Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti in Buenos Aires (Haroldo Conti Cultural Centre for Memory), located on the former site of ESMA – The Navy School of Mechanics, where the junta organised a camp for those suspected of opposition activities. Today the place is devoted to memory and education. Bakalarz works in the photography section and develops the archive, prepares exhibitions and runs workshops.
Within the project conducted during the artist-in-residence period at the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw (17 Oct. 2014–6 Nov. 2014), the photographer will create a series of portraits of contemporary Jews. Bakalarz wants to show what Warsaw Jews identify with today and how diverse a community they create.
The photos will be taken at work, at home and in other points on the city map that are important for different personal reasons. People interested in participating in the project, i.e. being portrayed by the artist, are asked to contact us. The cycle prepared in this way will be presented in the public space – on billboards located near the POLIN Museum.
Invitation to the workshops
Jasmine Bakalarz will run photography workshops for professionals and students. A workshop comprising three meetings will involve working on a given subject and discussing the results. Participants will work on memory and identity categories.
The series of three meetings is designed for one group of participants.
- 20 and 24 October, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
- 5 November, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Admission to the workshops is free of charge, but places are limited, so apply at [email protected].
The artist will present the results of the three-week-long work in Warsaw during a meeting held on Monday, the 3rd of November, at 8 p.m. This time the presentation will be conducted in the form of a discussion on modern art in the programmes of institutions focusing on memory. The discussion will also be attended by Iwona Kurz, PhD (Deputy Director of the Institute of Polish Culture of the University of Warsaw), Jens Hoffmann (Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Programs, the Jewish Museum in New York) and Tamara Sztyma-Knasiecka (POLIN Museum’s exhibition curator).
The meeting will be in English with simultaneous translation into Polish.
More about the artist
Jasmine Bakalarz completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Concordia University in Montreal, with a major in photography and a minor in psychology. She was instructed by such photographers as: Mary Ellen Mark, Marcos López, Hellen Van Meene and Alessandra Sanguinetti (Magnum Photography). She received the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward award twice (2011 and 2012) and won the Banco Ciudad prize.
She won Fondo Nacional de las Artes and Ontario Arts Council grants. Her works have been presented in the McCord Museum, Montreal; Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires; Museo Emilio Caraffa; Córdoba as well as at the New York Photo Festival and at the ArteBA fair.
For more information go to www.jasminebakalarz.com.
Supported from the Norway and EEA Grants by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.