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On Display by Raw and Radical - Conversations with extraordinary women in the arts

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Monthly raw and honest conversations about what it means to be a woman in the arts with amazing and inspiring special guests. Let's get real about living a life in the arts and the multi-faceted roles of being a creative woman.For more information, visit us at


On Display | A Conversation with Barbara Polla

Dr. Barbara Polla shares her views on women’s rights, feminism, and the important questions women should ask themselves

Dr. Barbara Polla, a medical doctor, researcher, politician, mother, writer, poet, and gallery owner, joins us today to talk about how her career has evolved, her opinions on feminism, and how women can step into their power.

Early on in her career, she attained a medical degree with a specialization in inner medicine, pneumology and immunoallergology, following that up with a number of research positions, including the Harvard Medical School and the French Institute of Health and Medical Research in Paris.  In 1991, Dr. Polla started her own gallery to represent contemporary artists, often collaborating with other gallery owners to bring fresh, unconventional art shows to the public. She also taught on the relationship between art and fashion at the Institut Français de la Mode in Paris and the HEAD (Haute Ecole d'art et de Design) in Geneva.

The progression of a multifaceted career

She attributes her ability to manage such a diverse number of careers to her energy and passion for discovering new things.

“I think what drives me is the desire,” she says. “I think that, rather than jumping from one career to another, it’s actually like reading a book … I never quit what I was doing … because I was bored with it, but just because the next page seemed more exciting, more desirable.”

Nevertheless, there were many intense years where she was filled multiple roles at the same time.

“In the forties, that was I think the most intense and most difficult time. There was nothing in my career that I could say—okay, let’s postpone this for five years,” she says.

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