“To reform the world - means to reform upbringing. Children are not the people of tomorrow, but are people of today. They have a right to be taken seriously, and to be treated with tenderness and respect. They should be allowed to grow into whoever they were meant to be. 'The unknown person' inside of them is our hope for the future.”
― Korczak Janusz
Upbringing is a photographic series about childhood as the first stage of defining our place in society, both individually and collectively. It is a study of pure human interaction and group dynamics being formed; analyzing the forces and properties which stimulate growth, development or change within a system.
This project is the continuation of an ongoing personal research about alternative education. It casts light on structures attempting to provide children with the freedom they need in order to grow. Therefore, this is also a celebration of gradually evolving education systems, focusing here on Montessorischool De Korf in Rotterdam.
Through these images, the viewer is given the opportunity to return to their own inner child and reflect upon their relations with their surroundings. Upbringing is an open invitation to take an active look at the world around us; a contemplation of life and people dynamics.
EN / "SARA" offers a view on childhood, adolescence and the transition in-between. These images question the very nature of youth, going beyond documentary into a dreamlike universe. An ongoing exploration of the boundaries between daily-life documentation and staged portraits. The strong presence of the photographer's little sister represents some kind of autobiography; through her daily life, Julia finds a parallel with her own experience. Her aim is to seize these so-called mundane moments, as they become curiously captivating: creating an atmosphere of playful exploration, a feeling of freedom.
FR / "SARA" porte un regard sur l’enfance, l’adolescence et le passage entre les deux. Un univers suspendu de rêve éveillé, la série interroge la nature-même du jeune âge en mêlant la documentation du quotidien et la mise en scène de portraits. La présence forte de la petite sœur du photographe représente une sorte d’autobiographie ; à travers son expérience, Julia trouve un parallèle avec son propre vécu. Elle cherche à saisir ces moments soi-disant banals lorsqu'ils deviennent curieusement particuliers, dégageant une ambiance d’exploration ludique, une sensation de liberté.
Unschooling is a personal long-term project documenting the alternative education method I experienced while growing up. Unschooling embraces the individual’s initiative regarding their education and advocates learner-chosen activities. In comparison with the fixated structures of traditional education, unschoolers believe the more personal the learning process is, the more meaningful, coherent and useful it is to the child.
Growing up unschooled with 4 younger siblings allowed me to pursue my passion for photography as young as 13 years old, documenting our daily life, and within the unschoolers community in both France and Israel. This year, with the professional guidance of SOFIA (Society of Females in Art) Mentorship Program 2017-2018, I aim to expand and deepen my exploration through documenting yearly gatherings of homeschool families happening all over the world.
With this project, I hope to contribute to the discussion about the power of art as a catalyst for positive change. Through engagement in active observation on the unschooling community, I choose to focus on what one would like to see in the world, rather than what needs to change. Through my personal perspective, I seek to support this ongoing revolution and to give outsiders a glimpse into the uninhibited and exciting world of unschooling.
EN A photographic study regarding the relationship between the city and the sea; an exploration of the beach.
FR Une recherche photographique au sujet de la relation entre la ville et la mer ; une exploration de la plage.
This series has been created as part of my application to Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam (NL). It is based on the assignment “An Extra-Ordinary Week”, assesing context awareness, communicative ability, creative ability and storytelling:
During 7 consecutive days, you make 5 images or objects per day, resulting in 35 images or objects that describe your extra-ordinary week. You can make these images at fixed times: each day at specific times – or not. You may depict your actual and factual happenings, but you could also merge fantasy and reality, or abandon reality altogether. So, will it be fact or fiction? It’s up to you. You can use all media and materials. These 35 images or objects tell your story, so be aware of the story, and think of a way to show the 35 images or objects.