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Gabriela Bulisova

A renowned documentary photographer and activist, Bulisova is a native of the former Czechoslovakia; her primary photographic interest and artistic focus is the realm of socially concerned documentary photography, corresponding with her strong belief in the artist's political awareness, conscience, and responsibilities, as well as the use of arts to influence change.

In 2008, her project, Guests, which featuring photographs of Iraqi refugees who had fled the war and sectarian violence to relocate to Damascus, Syria, was exhibited at the Corcoran Corridor Gallery in Washington DC.  Other photo essays include: Chernobyl-accident contaminated areas of Ukraine and Belarus, women in Iran, post-Katrina New Orleans, and the aftermath of the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah.  

After traveling to Iraq in 2002 as part of a humanitarian delegation, Bulisova coordinated a nation-wide traveling group exhibition, Faces of Iraq.  She has also exhibited at the Rayburn Building in Washington, D.C., and at the U.N. Headquarters in New York.  Her work has been shown internationally, including at the Chernobyl 20th Anniversary Commemorative Exhibition, and in collaboration with CEC ArtsLink Proejcts and the Outpost for Contemporary Art of Los Angeles on an exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Kiev.

Bulisova's grants and awards include: Trust for Mutual Understanding Grant;  Gordon Parks Photography Contest (Finalist); 2005 Puffin Foundation Grant; 2005 aperture Portfolio Review (Top Tier Portfolio of Merit); CEC ArtsLink Project Award; Walters Travel Fellow Award; 2004 CANON "Explorer of Light" Award; 2004 Photo District New/PDN Winner (student category); 2002 Puffin Foundation Grant.