Introducing an Invited Speaker: Yishay Garbasz

This week we are featuring another inspiring artist who will speak at the conference: Yishay Garbasz! Garbasz will present in the “Learning from Visual Artists’ Resilience Techniques: Collaboration & Persistence” session Wednesday.

Yishay Garbasz is a Berlin-based British-Israeli artist, graduate of photography BA from Bard College in New York 2004. Her 2005 Watson Fellowship resulted in the first book project, In My Mother’s Footsteps (Hatje Cantz, 2009), nominated for the German photo book prize award. This contemporary journey of the Holocaust retraces her mother’s path of survival in lush large format photographs. Garbasz’s second project starkly documents her body a year before and after gender affirmation surgery shown in the flipbook Becoming(MBP, 2010) and installed in the second largest Zoetrope in the world (Busan Biennale 2010, Korea). Currently, she explores globally the impact of trauma on communities, including “Ritual and Reality”, which documents the Fukushima nuclear exclusion zone, with fall-outreaching Tokyo (forthcoming 2016, Sieveking Verlag).

Garbasz has exhibited widely in galleries, museums, around the world, including solo shows at Wako Works of Art (Tokyo), Ronald Feldman Fine Art (NY), Norderlicht Foto Festival (Holland), Chiang Mai Museum of Art (Thailand), and Tokyo Wonder Site (Japan); group shows at Museum of Fine Art Boston, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Korea), MOCA (Florida), Stanley Picker Gallery (London), Dumbo Arts Center (NY). Garbasz’s work has also been featured in Artforum, the New York Times, and she was recently listed by the Huffington Post as one of Ten Transgender Artists Who Are Changing the Landscape of Contemporary Art.


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