Walter Bakowski | Artist

Walter Bakowski (b. 1996)

An undergraduate of the BA of photography at PSC, Walter Bakowski (born in Melbourne, Australia, 1996) is an emerging artist practising in performance art, documented through the photographic and moving image, the written word and installation. To date, Walter's work explores dialogues between art and spirituality, the sacred and the unseen - discovering the nuances of self in practice. Through both documentary and staged processes, emotive visualisations and experiences are revealed that tread the line somewhere between truth and fiction.

Walter has been awarded as an exhibiting finalist in the Moran Contemporary Photography Prize and CLIP award. And has been part of numerous group shows at recognised contemporary art institutions including; Centre for Contemporary Photography, Perth Centre for Photography and Seventh Gallery. Their work is held in private collections across Melbourne, Sydney, Paris and New York City, and in the public collection at the National Library of Australia.

Walter’s recent body of work, a selection of which has been shown as part of Utopian Tongues curated by Jake Treacy at Seventh Gallery, creates discourse around the role of the spiritual ritual.

“Like sympathetic magic, transcendental experiences are lived and conveyed through the ambiguity of the photograph, as encountered in the work of Walter Bakowski. Investigating the unseen and the unheard, these works converse with identity and healing, forming communion with the sacred and the unknown self.”   - Jake Treacy.

As the role of art takes on a new spiritual meaning and context, spiritual practices transcends outside of religious institutions into new forms of exploration. Walter’s work provides a context in which the dialogues of spiritual meaning and enlightenment can cultivate significance in the contemporary world, offering an audience the chance to contemplate, meditate and form new perspectives of meaning.


Awards:

2015, Finalist in the Moran Contemporary Photography Prize.

2018, Finalist in the CLIP award, Perth Centre for Photography.

2018, Shortlisted in the Moran Contemporary Photography Prize.


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2015, Moran Contemporary Photography Prize at Juniper Hall, Sydney Australia.

2016, Summer Salon at Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne Australia.

2017, Obscura Photography Festival, Penang Malaysia.

2017, Nowhere, Now Here at Hillvale Gallery, Melbourne Australia.

2017, Summer Salon at Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne Australia.

2018, NGV Melbourne Art Book Fair, Melbourne Australia.

2018, CLIP award at Perth Centre for Photography, Perth Australia.

2018, CLIP award finalists at Perth Cultural Centre, Perth Australia.

2018, Utopian Tongues at Seventh Gallery, Melbourne Australia.

2018 (forthcoming), In Light at Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne Australia.


Collections:

2018, Manières D'être, Added to the collection of The National Library of Australia, Canberra Australia.


Artist Publications:

2017, Manières D'être.


Artist Talks:

2018, Speaking in Utopian Tongues at Seventh Gallery, Melbourne Australia.


Online / Print Magazine:

2017, Untitled published in Paradise Magazine Issue #2: Los Angeles, California.

2018, Manières D'être published in Odiseo Publication Issue #12, Barcelona Spain.

2018, Manières D'être published in PHOTO/FOTO Magazine, Melbourne Australia.


Education:

2015, Visual Arts Diploma, Sophia Mundi, Melbourne Australia.

2018, Bachelor of Photography, Photography Studies College, Melbourne Australia.


Workshops:

2017, Obscura Festival workshop with Wawi Navarroza, Penang Malaysia.


Volunteering:

2015, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne Australia.

2015, ART + CLIMATE = CHANGE, Melbourne Australia.

2016, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne Australia.

2017, ART + CLIMATE = CHANGE, Melbourne Australia.

2017, Obscura Festival, Penang Malaysia.

2017, Gertrude Street Projection Festival, Melbourne Australia.

2018, NGV Melbourne Art Book Fair, Melbourne Australia.

2018, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne Australia.

2018, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne Australia.

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