Walter Bakowski

Walter Bakowski (b. 1996)

A graduate 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 queer self in practice.

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; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 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 ‘Endure’, has recently been exhibited as part of a selection of group shows at institutions including Museum of Contemporary Art, Centre for Contemporary Photography and Seventh Gallery, creates discourse around the role of the spiritual ritual in facilitating the act of queering spaces.

“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.


Solo Exhibitions:

2019 (forthcoming), Endure at Alternating Current Art Space, Melbourne, Australia.


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. (Curated by Kristian Hӓggblom)

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. (Curated by Daniel Boatker-Smith)

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

2018, Utopian Tongues at Seventh Gallery, Melbourne Australia. (Curated by Jake Treacy)

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

2018, EXPOSURE Showcase at ACU Gallery, Melbourne Australia. (Curated by Pippa Milne)

2018, ARTBAR November at Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney Australia. (Curated by Hoda Afshar)


Performances:

2018, Endure at Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne Australia.

2019 (forthcoming), Systems of Value at Seventh Gallery, Melbourne Australia


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.

2018, Finalist in EXPOSURE Showcase - Emerging Talent in Contemporary Photography.


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.

2018, In Light Artist Talk at Centre for Contemporary Photography, 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 (Fine Art), 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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