2016 – Present — Israël
About this series
In her graduation project “Hamsa Hamsa Hamsa | An Upbringing”, Julia Gat dives into her archive from the past 15 years, documenting the daily life of five unschooling siblings. Through both photography and film, Julia researches how the personal act of having documented her own upbringing, family and home can help reimagining ways of learning and growing up with a sense of freedom.
Julia Gat is a photographer and filmmaker born in Israel in 1997 and based between Marseille (FR) and Rotterdam (NL). She studied Arts & Humanities at the Open University (UK) before transferring to Willem de Kooning Academy (NL) and the School of Visual Arts (NY) to study Photography. Her work won the Prize ISEM Young Photographers 2020 and the Prize Festival Portrait(s) Vichy 2016. She was finalist of the BMW Residency Paris and Blurring the Lines contest in 2019. Her photographic, film and curatorial projects have been exhibited and published in Europe and New York.
Julia’s work researches the essential nature of human interaction; with each other, their surroundings or the photographer. Being the daughter of a painter and a choreographer, her observations stand between group dynamics and visual compositions. The alternative learning method she experienced as a child plays a significant role in her work: unschooling advocates learner-chosen activities as a primary means for learning. In her work, Julia embraces a sense of provocative freedom and heart-warming intimacy.