In her staged photos and videos, Joanna Piotrowska focuses on exploring human relationships and their bodily expression. She looks at characters entangled in the context of social institutions, struggling with manifestations of power, emotional dependencies and the violent element of human nature. She is interested in the family, security, home and homelessness, the position of a woman and the psychology and politics of girl rebellion, as well as the human need to control and dominate animals. Her black and white, handmade, gelatin silver prints and videos on 16 mm tape are more of a record of performance or spectacle than a documentary.
Joanna Piotrowska was born in 1985 in Warsaw, in Poland and currently, she lives and works in London, UK. She studied Photography at the Royal College of Art in London and Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków.
Recent Solo Exhibitions include: Are we home yet? Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany (2021); British Art Show 9, Aberdeen, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Plymouth (2021); Thump, Museum Insel Hombroich, Neuss (2021); FROWST, Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw (2020); Stable Vices, Kunsthalle Basel (2019); All Our False Devices, TATE Britain, London (2019); Joanna Piotrowska, Leeds Art Gallery (2019).
Selected group exhibitions include: 2020 Museum for Preventive Imagination – EDITORIAL MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, Rome, Italy (2020) 2020 Panic TV, Steirischer Herbst Biennale, Graz, Austria (2020) Our Red Sky, Göteborgs Konsthall, Gotheborg (2020); Yorkshire Sculpture International, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds (2019); A Terceira Margem, Bienale Ano Zero, Coimbra (2019); New Photography, MoMA, New York (2018); Antarctica, Kunsthalle Wien (2018); 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2018); Room, Sadie Coles, London (2017); These Rotten Words, Chapter Art Centre, Cardiff (2017); Give Me Yesterday, Fondazione Prada Osservatorio, Milan (2016); What love has to do with it, Project Space, Hayward Gallery, London (2014); Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2013).
Joanna Piotrowska, Enclosure XIV, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Southard Reid.