Freda Guttman, is an artist and human rights activist. She lives in Montreal, and has worked as a printmaker, photographer and laterally, as an installation artist. In more than forty years of active research and practice, her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States and internationally. There are two streams to her art: works that are created to be used in the sphere of activism, and large installations suitable for galleries and museums.
The writings and the life of Walter Benjamin have served as a template for her recent works, five installations, globally entitled ‘‘Notes From the 20th’’, in particular his theories of the phantasmagorical myths of history as progress, which we must awaken from in order to free ourselves from endless cycles of violence and despair.
She is a member of the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) and
recently journeyed to the Philippines as a member of the International
Observer Mission, observing and reporting on the elections there.