Visa Walker Cultural Leader Series, Visual Arts: 2020 – 2021

The Department of Visual Arts (VISA) is excited to announce the first offering of the 2020-21 Walker Cultural Leader Series (WCL). Artist and accomplished photographer Birthe Piontek will take the WCL virtual spotlight on an easily accessible digital platform:

2020 Visa Cultural Leader: Birthe Piontek

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Presentation live at 11:00am
Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts
YouTube channel

Born and raised in Germany, Birthe moved to Canada in 2005 after receiving her MFA from the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany. Birthe’s art practice explores the relationship between memory and identity, with a particular interest in the topic of female identity and its representation in our society. Her primary focus is photography, but she also utilizes other art forms like installation, sculpture and collage to investigate to what degree our complex identities can be visualized.

Her work has been exhibited internationally, in both solo and group shows, and is featured in many private and public collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and the Museum of Applied Arts in Gera, Germany.

Birthe’s project The Idea of North won the Critical Mass Book Award 2009 and was published as a monograph in 2011. Her most recent work, Abendlied, received the Edward Burtynsky Grant in 2018 and was nominated by Time Magazine as one of the best photo books in 2019. Birthe is an Assistant Professor of Photography in the Audain Faculty of Art at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and a member of the Cake Collective.

VISA UPCOMING WCL VIRTUAL EVENTS:

John Fekner
November 1, 2020

Jamelie Hassan & Ron Benner
January 11, 2021

Johnathan Forrest
February 1, 2021