16 Facts About Barbara Polla


Daughter of the painter AMI and of a passionate philhellene, Barbara Polla grew up in Geneva and spent a year in Greece at the age of 17.

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Barbara Polla studied in Geneva where she obtained a degree with a specialization in inner medicine, pneumology and immunoallergology.

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Barbara Polla's then conducted research at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

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Barbara Polla's is the author and co-author of hundreds of research articles published in various reviews such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, The Journal of Clinical Investigation, and The American Journal of Physiology.

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In 1991, Barbara Polla got involved in politics: first as member of the Geneva City Council, then as canton depute of Geneva from 1993 to 1999 and finally as member of the National Parliament from 1999 to 2003.

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Barbara Polla has been curating exhibitions in Paris and elsewhere since 2011.

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In 2008, Barbara Polla initiated a long-term collaboration with Paul Ardenne .

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Barbara Polla's was associate curator for the exhibition "Motopoetics" and for "Human Economy" presented at HEC Paris .

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Barbara Polla's teaches on the links between art and fashion at the Institut Francais de la Mode in Paris and at the HEAD in Geneva.

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Barbara Polla's organizes monthly seminars in Geneva on the theme of creativity and is a creative and critical writing professor at the HEAD.

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Barbara Polla's founded the Swiss Organization for emotional architecture and is the originator of the first international conference about emotional Architecture that took place in January 2011 in Geneva.

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Barbara Polla commits herself to freedom at various levels: as national counsellor, she fought for freedom of research, for the right to abort and to the pre-implantation diagnosis.

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Since 2017, Barbara Polla had worked on a cultural, artistic and social project aiming to install art by the UK artist Robert Montgomery in the public space of Perama, a city near Athens in Greece where she lived as a teenager.

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In 1991 Barbara Polla got involved in politics, first as member of the Geneva City Council, and then as canton of Geneva deputy from 1993 to 1999 and member of the national parliament from 1999 to 2003.

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In 2018, Barbara Polla curated two museum exhibitions on the theme, one at Chateau de Penthes in Geneva called LA PRISON EXPOSE, for the Fondation des Suisses dans le Monde, in collaboration with the local jail, Champ-Dollon; the other at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, in Hobart Tasmania, called A JOURNEY TO FREEDOM.

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Barbara Polla regularly publishes articles about video on the online magazine art-critique.

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