Esther Podemski


Esther Podemski Biography

Esther Podemski is a visual artist who produced and directed House of the World, a
documentary film about the aftermath of the Holocaust. Shot in Poland, it screened in
Europe and traveled throughout the United States with the Human Rights Watch
International Film Festival. Discovery Communication purchased the film for national
broadcast. The film also screened at Lincoln Center and in the LA International Jewish
Film Festival, as well as at numerous colleges. As a painter, Podemski has exhibited in
the Pacific Northwest and in New York City. She is represented in private and public
collections. She has won a painting fellowship from the New York State Council on the
Arts and participated in the Yaddo, Ucross and Virginia Center For The Creative Arts
residency programs. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at the Pacific
Northwest College of Art, Parsons School of Design in New York and at Sarah Lawrence
College. Her recent documentary, The Peasant and the Priest, tells the story of two men
in their eighties who are engaged in traditional occupations in modern day Italy. Recent
exhibitions include 5 Days in July; a two-screen projection that revisits the Newark riots
of 1967. This work has exhibited at numerous museums, galleries, and festivals.