A FEMININE PERSPECTIVE IN PHOTOGRAPHY by

Barbara Galvács

WeMen: Dignity through Art

Sharing is caring - but do we want to care actually? Yes we do. We all do, originally. Do we need water, food and shelter as basic physical needs? Yes, we do, these are our strongest motives in life. Stronger then anything else. Are we also 'horse-blinded' by our bias? Yes, we are. We all are, naturally. When we say, imagine a person, that that person imagined will be just as we are. We do want to belong. We all do, strongly. To our families and friends and our land and to other connections throughout our lives. When these bonds are threatened or when the physical needs are not matched, then our emotions take over. Our Dignity gets challenged and it is then our choice how to proceed. That is the 'moment supreme' to fight or flight. Or simply breath normally.

HUMAN is also the title of a film by Yann Arthus - Bertrant, screened at Pakhuis de Zwijger last Wednesday night. It is a must to watch for everybody. The three hours long sitting on one go is easily balanced out by facing some much harder challenges and simple basic facts and real stories from real people around the world. Catch this beautiful film whilst and wherever you can, it is a real heart-opener.

 

Exhibition 'Beeldend Gesproken' / 'Visually spoken' is an exhibition that I curated and produced in order to raise awareness on Diversity and Inclusion, with the support of and in collaboration with the Human Resources Team @ Accenture Nederland headquarters on the Zuidas business district of Amsterdam. At the internal official opening we have received tremendous amount of strongly moved feedbacks that I am still digesting. Very proud and happy about how it all came together and how it effects the way people and employees think and feel about Diversity and Inclusion. There are photography and painting artworks on two floors of the ITO Toren at Gustav Mahlerplein 90 of artists: Brett Meredith, Menso van Reij, Rivelino M. Sellier, Pia Velden, Baukje Paltro and myself, in sub-themes: LGBT, Women, Cultural diversity, Handicapped (wajong and wia in NL). Thank you All at Accenture, Fotolab, Eyes on Media, Galerie Beldend Gesproken to make it all possible!

 

Exhibition 'facade' was a great experiment for me on curation. The historical building still has its original structure and fronts of the original home of one of the architects of Teylers Museum, heer Gemund. It is located half way between Frans Hals Museum and the Vishal, Grotekerk, Centre de Ville of Haarlem, all on walking distance. For such a location I have imagined and then realised a duo show of Diederick Habermehl and Monika Nooren. Both are highly talented fine art photographers, with amazing figurative and abstract works around switching dimensions of perceptions afront and behind the facade. The feedbacks from collectors, photographers and other artists and critics were all amazing. We were told that it is 'intriguing', 'coming together beautifully', 'engaging', 'connected stories in a very nice way', 'surprisingly matching and still different', 'what a friendly opening', 'kind and welcoming'. Thank you all who have visited and supported us on our journey!

A video comes here sooner or later.

 

PhotoQ Book Club of Edie Peters @ the Atelier of Morad Bouchakour - this time on Ville de Calais in the make by Henk Wildschut - WOW! This project is about DIGNITY in capital letters. Listening to his human stories truly speaks to your heart on this matter. How could we as human beings have come this far? Amazing photography and wonderful talks and dinner with the artist. Join us on the next one this coming saturday, 25 March: this time with Maurice Scheltens en Liesbeth Abbenes about their book 'Unfolded'. Book via this link: https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/tickets-photoqs-book-club-scheltens-abbenes-unfolded-32391583097?aff=eiosprexshreclip&ref=eiosprexshreclip

 

Exhibition Rodin at Museum Groningen was a breath-taking inspirational tour, feeling the life and energy of the human body through his statues, popping out of each and every artwork. How uplifting!

 

Exhibition 'Vrouwelijkheid' 'Womenhood' is in its preparations from this month at VUmc, Vrij Universiteit Polikliniek, opening will be announced later on, expected to be around just before or just after the summer holidays.

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HERE WE ARE

Rotterdam CONTEMPORARY ART Fair

8-12 February 2017 @ WTC Rotterdam

Very proud to announce that my work is represented by Refreshment Room Art Gallery, Spui Amsterdam, @ the Rotterdam Contemporary ART. Click and look at boot nr #81:

http://www.rcartfair.com/galeries/deelnemende-galeries-2017/refreshment-room/

DIGNITY right here right now

WOMEN'S MARCH AMSTERDAM = HUMAN MARCH, for the RESPECT of ALL PEOPLE.

Here and Now: last Saturday 2017 January 21 12.00-15.00 on Museumplein Amsterdam.

We Matter, we're loud, we're Organised ANd proud. TOGETHER WE are stonger.

DIGINITY FOR ALL.

Love, B

Resilience

Based on the events this year, in my own and in other people's lives around the world, I figured that when we need to overcome something, then we feel and we are vulnerable. This challenges our Dignity. How can we tackle this best? How can we be prepared, be protected, respond and recover? How can we build resilience?

 Without wanting to define resilience and without wanting to cover all possible contexts (!), I've come across some inspiring ingredients and care to share to support. 

the powerful trees of Bukk National Park, Bukkszentkereszt, Hungary, said to distribute healing energies, 2016

 When facing a challenge, it is useful to self-discover and recover on our agenda, against all odds. The quicker we manage, the more we gain.

Ingredients:
PrePare     { plan realistic & act on it by                           } Self-Efficacy
ProTect     { accept & manage strong impulses, feelings by    } Self-Control
ReSpond   { open to perspectives without prejudices by            } Self-Concept 
ReCover     { trust yourself & the future by                        } Self-Esteem
 
// Recipe: 
Prepare and plan realistically and move towards the goals by acting on the plan. Grit is perseverance and passion, base of motivation, approaching stress in a broader context. 
Protect by accepting and managing strong impulses and feelings by self-control, hardiness. Manage healthy relationships against all challenges. 
Be open to other perspectives without prejudices, with inclusion, be curious and admit mistakes to learn more. 
Trust and believe yourself and the future, maintain a healthy self-confidence. Visualise the goals, find and go for the opportunities.                        
Spice it with a dynamic rhythm to keep on keeping on. //

 

Serving - in style - your and others' resilience and self-respect.

 D I G N I T Y

  

Any feedbacks, please let me know: I'll be glad to admit if mistaken :)


I   w i s h   y o u   A l l   a n   I N S P I R I N G   N E W   Y E A R   I N   2 0 1 7   !

  

iceflower in sunset, 2016

 back on the ground, somewhat stabil, work in progress, 2016

 self-discovery phase, work in progress, 2016




update

* Join us tonight from 19.00 for a drink on the GUP NEW2017 booklaunch @ 5&33 Art'Otel Amsterdam! Very happy to be in this book.

* I'm very glad to announce that Accenture CEO approved the exposition Diversity & Inclusion that I've put together on the theme - can't wait to share some pictures of the opening (the date is to be in Jan '17).

* I've managed to grab myself together in deed, well, enough to start building myself up again, block by block. Have cleaned my house including a refreshment of the living room walls, let go of old shoes and quite some clothing and unused or broken kitchen stuff. Wow, so nice to give space for the new. Also emotionally, anyway, (re)started with that too and somehow it gives a lot of energy all in all. So much deserved. To do all this, part of the steps were to reconnect with friends who have not hear from me for quite a time. Especially those ones who have little ones. I have been just too fragile for that till now. One of the closest of such a friend managed to bring over 2 of her angels to me to get some shots. So much FUN!

Here comes a few of the not recognisable pieces for the feel of figuring out for myself of how to deal with IT all. (See earlier post for IT):

FLASH

Light strikes through the sky that you see from your living room window, no way around it, no way to hide.

When hidden areas hit by light, when you realise that this is 'it'. The end of a road, of course also a new beginning, AND you still just seeing for what 'it' is. For the first time you face 'it', all the hopeless hoping, all the love to surface as you thought you were ready, ready for something else actually, not 'it'. You hoped for becoming a mother. 'It' in this case is the opposite.

Then another strikes again: actually, you are one anyway! You are actually one for years already. You became one during the whole challenging process of trying for it. You felt the love you would give and you tried to feel, see, hear and yeah, smell too :), the rest of 'it'. That 'it' was so very different from what you went through. But hey, you went through 'it'.

Then darkness and silence and distance from 'it' all. Again, another flash, BANG: you are through 'it' anyway, whatever 'it' was and great to see the light finally, to come to security again, confidence on what you see for what 'it' is.

Pure NATURE, that's what it is: it is complex and simple at the very same time, providing it's power, it's beauty, it's everything, it's you, itself.

WOW, I am truly amazed and got boosted on accepting, re-adjusting, re-planning, re-energising and reconnecting to the new, confident, innovative, curious, friendly and productive me. 

Glad to (re)connect again.

3 photographs - the third one is a .gif - just studying how my site can get it moving :)

DIGNITY - Details matter!

https://themomentologist.wordpress.com/2016/08/25/expo-barbara-galvacs-dignity/ wonderfully written about my exposition Dignity by my talented friend Reka Szentirmay, the Momentologist. Thank you so much! Yours truly

In gesprek

http://web.avrotros.nl/cultuur/vondelcs/artikelen/ingesprekmet/barbara_galvacs.aspx

also got into the Kunst & Cultuur Magazine of Avrotros, wow

https://issuu.com/avrotros/docs/magazine_compleet_on/1

Vondel

Expositie: D I G N I T Y

Vondel CS, Vondelpark, Amsterdam

29 / 07 – 04 / 09 / 2016 

The photography of Barbara Galvacs (1976, Fotoacademie Amsterdam) is about dignity/self-worth. Her works are based on her story, on feminine identity and how to overcome personal challenges. The broader question is: How can her female dignity be the best approached, in a modern and realistic way? Besides making self-portraits, she also photographed other women. This exhibition is a selection of these works. Dignity is about more than balance. Photography/ art can support women in this. Potentially by projects with other artists. A selection of their works are also to be seen in this exposition: 

The work of sculptor Ed van Teeseling (Amsterdam 1924 - Nijmegen 2008) is characterized by his vision on the image of a woman. For the artist a woman was - in all forms - vulnerable and at the same time strong. In the bronze sculptures, made in his favourite method of "cire perdue", we can follow the development of 60 years of the art of sculpturing. Ed van Teeseling created dozens of remarkable sculptures in public space in many places in the Netherlands. The famous Museum Beelden aan Zee in Scheveningen and Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam have works of the artist in their collection. The monograph titled: " Ed van Teeseling Beeldhouwer" was published in 2012. 

‘The photographs of Cissie van der Ven (1979, Fotoacademie Amsterdam) are reflections of her thoughts. She invites us through her depictions to look at our own identity. The pictures of Cissie van der Ven brings us to an unexplored area of ourselves. She uses self portraiture not to draw on narcissistic tendencies but to explore her own body which is both familiar and yet foreign to her. She wishes to explore and expose both her personality and the way she is objectified as a woman and she objectifies herself.’ 

Juel McNeilly is inspiring, exuberant, fun, creative, and powerful. She is a certified coach, specialized in feminine power. She is the initiator of Ladyliciousness, a community for women to explore their unique feminine identity. She supports women to feel amazing creating deeper relationships with their minds, bodies, and emotions.  

Fresh start

Refreshment Room Art Agency on Spui in Amsterdam included a work of mine in their new brochure last weekend at KunstRAI Amsterdam. Exciting times.

Thank you

Thank you PH21 Gallery in Budapest for the great group show Black & White.

Also: Thank you Helena Primakoff!

It was lovely to be with you during and after the Open Oost. Next year to be continued.

Unconditional


Love comes and goes in all forms.

Dignity at Lake Menopause

This spring took me further than rebooting my system for the year ahead. I become the precious 40 just in a few days from now. I have also just entered the menopause myself. Unbelievable, but yes, it is possible this early.

After all I am just through, it actually does not sound that shocking any more. For the first hearing. For the second it feels like it is about somebody else, cannot be me. Then the next minute I realise that the more I state it out loud, the more I admit to it, the faster I get 'through' it. Wait: through what exactly? How can I tackle such a challenge?

Throughout my journey of (in)fertility, I have rediscovered my femininity, my creativity, my strength and weaknesses, that of others, as well as I actively raise awareness of related matters. To reconnect to our bodies and souls and goals. To recalibrate. To praise our DIGNITY. Even/ especially when facing challenges. Despite it feels impossible. So, what is it exactly, that is ahead of me? No clue whatsoever. I'll end up wiser anyway.

Here I am, facing the unknown. This one recalls a memorable moment in my life: when I, for the very first time, swam across Lake Balaton back home, 5,3 km free style. I had travelled hours from Budapest, the capital, to get to the swimming event. I had already enrolled. I then saw what the weather looked like, for which the organisers were not able to decide to cancel it or not. Huge waves were passing by. The swimmers, in the doctor check queue, all put vaseline onto their bodies, against the cold temperature that awaits them in the water. My friends, who planned to join, all cancelled.

I stood there on the side, doubting. I was totally alone for it. My phone rang, it was Mom. She said: 'WHAT?? Where are you???!! OMG, it sounds crazy, but wait, your Father wants to talk to you.' My Dad took it over. There he went: 'Go, go go! You go girl, you can do it! You cannot give it up now.' I was like: 'Yes, I'd love to, but aren't you worried?' He said: 'You want to swim across, right? You travelled that much for it, which means for me, that you really want to do it. Plus I know that you can do it. You know you can. Take it stroke by stroke. Jump in and call me from the other side!' We said bye and that is exactly what I did.

I also creamed up good and jumpled into the cold, rough and unknown. After about 2,5 hours of swimming, I called from the other side: bursting from the power in my body and soul that I did it, filled with a painful but pleasant tiredness of all my muscles and bones. 

What did it take me to get 'through'?

- I first had to jump right in and feel it on my skin. In order to understand what exactly happens to me. The support of my loved ones helped big time.

- Then to do what I can and use all my tools to work as hard as I can. To experiment and learn to adjust as fast as possible. To find my own tempo.

- Be flexible to what is bigger than me. Synchronise to the rhythm of the circumstances whilst keeping direction. Keep on working, take it stroke by stroke. Look back proudly and look ahead hopefully, whilst I enjoy the ride and the moment of the flow. Breath in. Breath out. Breath in. Breath out. Together with the waves.

- Ask for help when I need it. Give help when someone else needs it. Keep my humour! Socialize. Connect and share.

- Keep on working. Keep on swimming to my destination. Be patient and careful with the very last strokes. Put my feet down on the ground and stand up. Stand up, walk all the way to the finish at your own pace.

- Smile for the silly snapshot for my certificate. Be proud and tired and hungry and thirsty as hell at the very same time. Look around with allk the others in the queue for eating all and every slice of bread at the Nutella tent that you can stuff in at once.

- Still quite half conscious only, recieve the gaze of the people who give me the food, the drinks, the T-shirt, for making it. Share my joy by getting to the tent of my backpack that came with the ferry and call my Dad right away. Cry together from happiness.

 

Lake Menopause, here I come! I jump right in to feel what it is. Then take myself through it stroke by stroke.

 

I'll use all my tools: myself, my people, my lessons learnt, my muscles, my camera, my photography, my art, also learning and enjoying all art out there.

 

P.S.: Additionally, as previously mentioned, a snapshot of one of the Plaubel's shot the week before, with the wonderful model Ioana Boldea and great photographer mate Rivelino Sellier (I guess I remain Barbera at the local lab, haha):

REBOOT

Catching the flow of the spring arriving to Amsterdam. It is time to reboot myself and my energies and leave behind what doesn't add to the flow.

Time for new photography projects. How exciting!

The digiback used for this great sky fly above the beach tricked me unexpectedly and probably just fall back into another additional winter sleep..

Whilst in treatment, I fall back in love with the gorgeous Plaubel Makina 67! Freshly serviced :0)

Wow, what a nice machine in the hand!

Pictures in post process.

In the meantime: OpenOost this weekend!

March is the month of Yellow

Yellow is the colour for march, every march.

Till the march somewhere in the future when 1 i n 1 0 w o m e n g l o b a l l y gets released of their demanding challenges! By miracle.

Some truly motivated and talented researcher group or a critical mess supporting the cause or most probably a great combination of all these is a more realistic future ahead.

The immune systems of these amazingly lovely and super strong ladies face the unjust disfunction of the mystical endocrine hormone system of their body. They fight it every day. E v e r y   d a y .

This emotional, physiological, psychological and socio-economical challenge has a highly matching, similarly weird name: endometriosis. Yes, that is it. Wait, I help you: end-o-me-tri-o-sis. It is way easier this way, right? :) 

This word is just as long, unfamiliar and unknown as the disfunction of the body that this word clusters. For the docs. They do everything for these ladies. They do. They invest. They put in their time and energy to advance these women. 1 in 10. To understand this ratio all cancer is 4 in 10.

As for the ladies it all starts with actually having an extra task after diagnosis: to get it all through for the people in their lives: at home, at work and in social circles.

The human body is capable of a lot, our body is a wonderful system we still understand only partially. The feminine body is where the life of all of us start. It is a valuable part of nature that shouts for respect. More then we practice today.

Scientific developments are fascinating. They help our lives so much. They do. Scientists do invest.

Do you?

Graduation Show GEAR15

http://www.newdawnpaper.nl/event/gear15-graduate-exhibition

www.gear15.nl

Placenta

One of the early Sunday mornings earlier this month I found myself sitting on a tram, travelling to Mirjam Heemskerk, to photograph a Placenta. I again got amazed by the wonder of the woman body and what we are capable of. The Placenta looks exactly like a tree. The tree that symbolizes Family for me and in many cultures. I experienced the vision of this Placenta as a fascinating possibility of being our Tree of Life, what first is getting built up cell by cell by our Mother's body in order to feed us as babies inside the womb. We would not be able to be born without it. It is an essential necessity for life. Also at the same time, we build our own body up from it, cell by cell. So in that way it also means our Tree of Possibilities, the Tree of Potentials to what we become inside the womb, and how we are born, which is also crucial for our whole life afterwards ahead of us. How incredibly fascinating is that!

This Placenta was grown by the Mother of Baby Abel, and was growing him all the way to a healthy birth. All his Family are very well.

Mirjam is the owner of Gentle Beginnings, offering Birth Recovery Services, provided in the secure and relaxed environment of your own home. For more information check out her website: http://www.gentlebeginnings.nl/.

Pix of the Opening F E R T I L E - Endometriose in focus 

Photos by Reka Szentirmay The Momentologist

Opening


This afternoon I have my very first exposition opening coming up. In Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

I still do not believe it, but it is in deed really happening :)

The title is:          F E R T I L E   -   Endometriose in focus.

Upon the request and lovely support of the Endometriose Centrum and dr. Velja Mijatovic, and his Team at the Gynaecologie afdeling of the Vrij Universiteit medisch centrum Polikliniek. 

First time my work goes public, requested and supported by people who support the invisible thema's I depict. Women who are challenged by their femininity in an emotional, physical or socio-economical way. 

In this case it is the hormon sickness endometriose, that every 8th women on the globe faces. The emotional, physical and socio-economical challenges that today's women come across and therefore strengthen their feminine qualities. 

In the end we shall all stay close to ourselves and choose for focusing inside a bit. Then it does make us stronger, even stronger then we are at start! As it effects everyone around us too.

Published in Vrouw - within article Ladyliciousness of Juel McNeilly

http://vrouw.nieuws.nl/2015/09/19/in-de-spotlight-juel-mcneilly/

www.ladyliciousness.com