Barbara M. Bickart is an interdisciplinary video artist, whose work is project-based. Her projects are informed by the disciplines of media studies, performance and documentary practice and take the form of video installation, video performance and experimental documentary. She has developed a socially engaged practice over the past twenty years working closely with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and people living with AIDS in New York City, Boston, Houston, and Seattle and has gone on to work with a wide range of communities throughout the U.S. and internationally, including: incarcerated women and boys in the U.S. and Brazil, queer political activists in Croatia and Hungary, families impacted by the rapid gentrification of their urban neighborhoods in the U.S., children in foster care in New York City, multigenerational residents of North Philadelphia, young girls throughout metro Atlanta, and dancers in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Bickart's work has been exhibited in theaters, galleries, museums and public spaces globally, including locations London, Argentina, Israel, Croatia, Australia, Russia, Romania, Uruguay, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Memphis, and venues include Diverseworks Artspace, Houston; Galerija Nova, Zagreb; Martin Luther King National Historic Site, Atlanta; Atlanta Film Festival; On the Boards, Seattle; Dance Theater Workshop, NYC; Jersey City Museum, NJ; the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; the Painted Bride Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH, among others. She is currently developing WHEN, a series of counter-monuments that engages questions about institutionalized violence in the American landscape as seen through the visitors to national historic sites and monuments.
Barbara was the keynote presenter at DOCAM'14 held at Kent State University. The 11th annual meeting of the Document Academy, an international network of scholars, artists, and professionals in various fields, who are interested in the exploration of the concept of the document as a resource for scholarly, artistic, and professional work.
She's received multiple awards from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's "Artists and Communities" funding program (1999, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2009), fellowships and residencies from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (2001, 2008), the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Artist Resource Media program of Dance Theater Workshop, NYC, New York State Council on the Arts, The Trust for Mutual Understanding and the Wexner Center for the Arts.
Bickart received her M.A. from the New School for Social Research in Media Studies.