Walter Bakowski

Walter Bakowski (b. 1996)

A graduate of the BA of photography at PSC, Walter Bakowski (born in Melbourne, Australia, 1996) is an artist practicing in performance, 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 recognized contemporary galleries including; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Perth Centre for Photography, Blindside 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 2018 body of work ‘Endure’, has recently been exhibited as part of a selection of group shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Centre for Contemporary Photography and a solo show at Alternating Current Art Space, creating 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, Endure at Alternating Current Art Space, Melbourne, Australia.


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2019 (forthcoming), Human Rights Arts and Film Festival at Dancehouse Studio, Melbourne Australia.

2019, Pearlescent Verse at Bunjil Place, Narre Warren; Harmony Square, Dandenong; Liverpool, Sydney. (Curated by Jake Treacy)

2019, Pearlescent Verse at Blindside, Melbourne Australia. (Curated by Jake Treacy)

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

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

2018, In Light at Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne Australia. (Curated by Linsey Gosper & Madé Spencer-Castle)

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

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

2018, CLIP award at Perth Centre for Photography, Perth Australia. (Curated by Daniel Boatker-Smith)

2018, NGV Melbourne Art Book Fair, Melbourne Australia.

2017, Nowhere, Now Here at Hillvale Gallery, Melbourne Australia. (Curated by Kristian Hӓggblom)

2017, Obscura Photography Festival, Penang Malaysia.

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


Performances:

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

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

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


Awards:

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

2018, Shortlisted in the Moran Contemporary Photography Prize.

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

2015, Finalist in the Moran Contemporary Photography Prize.


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:

2019, Three Belly Buttons Podcast, Melbourne Australia.

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

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


Online / Print Magazine:

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

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

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


Education:

2018, Bachelor of Photography (Fine Art), Photography Studies College, Melbourne Australia.

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


Workshops:

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


Volunteering:

2019, Alternating Current Art Space, Melbourne Australia.

2018, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne Australia.

2018, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne Australia.

2018, NGV Melbourne Art Book Fair, Melbourne Australia.

2017, Gertrude Street Projection Festival, Melbourne Australia.

2017, Obscura Festival, Penang Malaysia.

2017, ART + CLIMATE = CHANGE, Melbourne Australia.

2016, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne Australia.

2015, ART + CLIMATE = CHANGE, Melbourne Australia.

2015, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne Australia.




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