Yishay Garbasz

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Yishay Garbasz (born 1970, British/ Israeli) is a cross-over artist who works in the fields of photography, performance and installation.[1] Her main field of interest is trauma and the inheritance of post-traumatic memory.[2] She also works on issues of identity and the invisibility of trans women.[3][4]

She studied photography with Stephen Shore at Bard College between 2000 and 2004.

She has received the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship in 2004/2005[5] and was Berlin woman filmmaker of the year in 2010. Since 2008 she is based in Berlin.[6]

Notable works[edit]

2004–2009

In her piece In my Mother's Footsteps[7][8] the artist explores her inherited traumatic memories from her mother's Holocaust experiences. For the project the artist visited every single place her mother's life touched during that period. The project consisted of an exhibition (Tokyo Wonder Site,[9] 2009, Wako Works of Art,[10] 2009, and Busan Biennale 2010[11]) and a book. This book was nominated for the German photo book prize in 2009.

2008–2010

In her project Becoming Garbasz explores her own body and the changes in her body one year before to one year after her gender affirmation surgery. It is possibly the second largest zoetrope at the time of construction. That project was also a flip book published in 2010 by Mark Batty Publisher. The project was also included in the Busan Biennale 2010.[12][13][14]

2010

In "Eat Me Damien," Garbasz looks and pokes fun at the predatory practices of both the art world and world commerce. In this work the artist puts her testicles removed during gender clarification surgery in a fish tank with formaldehyde, reminiscent of Damien Hirst's shark. Shown at Seven at Miami Art Fair.[15][16] Garbasz has stated that she always planned to use the genitals in some way, and that this particular idea won out due to its title.[17]

2011

In the Number Project Garbasz brands herself with the Auschwitz number of her mother. In the same location and size, she photographed her arm as well as herself over the month as the flesh almost heals. This is a social project looking to link the number after her mother's death to daily life in order to create a link with the past and not lose something that was forming in her mother's life.[18]

2014

Ritual and Reality explores the trauma from the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima. Color photographs and videos (each a 9 to 12 minute single take) are accompanied by an audio guide that describes Garbasz's three-week journey through the Fukushima exclusion zone in 2013 as well as the more general consequences of the nuclear disaster.[19][20]

2015

Severed Connections: Do what I say or they will kill you is an exploration of how fences as physical barriers create fear that allows governments to manipulate their people. It centers around her travels to Korea, Belfast, and the West Bank where warring groups' close proximity is only separated by such barriers. She used a combination of photography, video, and sculpture for the exhibition. [21]In an interview Garbasz says that the fences are about "othering" and that "the less contact you have, the easier it is to make the other a monster", harkening back to her personal struggles as a trans woman.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Collecting the lost pieces of a soul | The Japan Times". japantimes.co.jp. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  2. ^ "Walking Into Conflict: Trans Woman and Visual Artist Yishay Garbasz on Chronicling Trauma | Eliza Steinbock". huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  3. ^ "10 Transgender Artists Who Are Changing The Landscape Of Contemporary Art". huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  4. ^ ""We have to think intersectionally"—Yishay Garbasz on the politics of allyship and solidarity". Versobooks.com. Retrieved 2018-04-22. 
  5. ^ "The Watson Fellowship". Archived from the original on 2004-08-06. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  6. ^ Skzl-Kult (18 July 2011). "Künstlerinnenförderung in 2010" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  7. ^ "Yishay Garbasz, in my mother's footsteps (Book, 2009) [WorldCat.org]". worldcat.org. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  8. ^ "Conscientious | Review: In My Mother's Footsteps by Yishay Garbasz". jmcolberg.com. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  9. ^ "Tokyo Wonder Site". tokyo-ws.org. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  10. ^ "Yishay Garbasz - artforum.com / critics' picks". artforum.com. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  11. ^ "“Living in Evolution” - artforum.com / critics' picks". artforum.com. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  12. ^ "Frauen und Männer: Die Kunst zu leben - Zeitung Heute - Tagesspiegel". tagesspiegel.de. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  13. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Gender-Flipbook-Yishay-Garbasz/dp/B00BRAOYOA
  14. ^ Erickson-Schroth, L.; Boylan, J.F. (2014). Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community. Oxford University Press. p. 553. ISBN 9780199325351. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  15. ^ "The New York Times". tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  16. ^ http://prettyqueer.com/2013/03/03/interview-with-yishay-garbasz/garbaz-eat-me-dami24bfbf8/
  17. ^ a b "BODY // Trauma and Identity: An Interview with Yishay Garbasz | Berlin Art Link". Berlin Art Link. 2016-04-19. Retrieved 2018-04-09. 
  18. ^ "Image: footsteps-01.jpg, (432 × 338 px)". feldmangallery.com. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  19. ^ "The New York Times". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  20. ^ "Japanese Photography Responds to 2011 Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster in MFA Exhibition, "In the Wake" | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston". mfa.org. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  21. ^ "Yishay Garbasz: Severed Connections: Do what I say or they will kill you | Ronald Feldman Gallery | Artsy". www.artsy.net. Retrieved 2018-04-07. 

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