Ireland

Beta Bajgart

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Beta Bajgart
© Beta Bajgart
Beta Bajgart
© Beta Bajgart
Beta Bajgart
© Beta Bajgart
Beta Bajgart
© Beta Bajgart

Biography

Beta Bajgart (b. 1975) is a Dublin based visual artist. Her work engages with communities through a variety of media - photography, films and printed media, campaigns and collaborations. Beta's most recent work is a convergence of art and visual archiving, the aim of which is to empower women and examine ourselves and our place in modern society. Beta is also the author of A Woman’s Work, a project following the narrative of women who have chosen a career path in unusual and predominantly male professions. They have challenged their inner strength to develop their talents and share their complex stories to communicate and engage with others. The project got wider attention in Ireland after she launched a Fund It campaign in order to obtain funds for publishing the book containing 53 portraits and profiles of women who were part of the narrative.

In March 2017, former Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald launched Beta's photography book called A Woman’s Work in the Dublin castle. The book raised money for Women for Election, for Women’s Rehabilitation Centre in Tiglin and for The Shona project. Beta's book is available to purchase from her Etsy store here.

A series of events that followed after the book launch led to her collaboration with the respected The Little Museum of Dublin, who based their multimedia show What’s She Doing Here in 2018 on her photographs and research and who commissioned her to create three short films about women behind her photographs. Two of those short documentaries were selected by Lady Filmmakers Festival in Los Angeles and The Richard Harris International Film Festival in Limerick.

Beta's work was awarded by the Network Ireland business organisation in Art Category. Her skillset has been noticed by the biggest international company Diageo, who commissioned her to create a collection of photographs celebrating women working for the company internationally, on different levels. For this work, she was shortlisted for an award by the prestigious Business to Arts 2018 in the Best Creative Staff Engagement category. Beta became increasingly passionate about this topic. Beta is also contracted as a photographer by RTE, the Irish national broadcaster, and her commercial work is regularly featured on many printed and online platforms.

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Diageo Women

Diageo Women project was a commission for International Women's Day 2018 by Diageo Europe. The company wanted to showcase women working for them in their European branches, at many levels. The collection was launched on 8th March 2018 in Diageo Headquarters in many European cities including Dublin, Hamburg, Turin, Madrid, London or Amsterdam.

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A Woman's Work

A Woman’s Work sits at the convergence of art and visual archiving. It is aimed to empower women while simultaneously examining ourselves and our place in modern society. Through A Woman’s Work, Bajgart captured the stories of 60 women who have chosen a career path in unusual and predominantly male professions. The work made her mindful of ongoing gender stereotypes in our society and the need to prevent them, by educating our children. Bajgart wishes to keep strengthening the conversations about the way women are choosing their professions and about their role in the community. She strongly believes that documenting women who have challenged their inner strength to develop their talents and share their stories through visual media, is a way to help, inspire, nurture and educate the whole society. A Woman´s Work by Beta Bajgart is also published as a photobook in 2017.