Joanna Piotrowska

BORN 1985, Warszawa

Born in 1985 in Warsaw, lives and works in London. She studied photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków and Royal College of Art in London. Her practice focuses on the expression of human relationships in relation to wider systems – politics, economics, family and social life. Her subjects are often family members and friends, photographed in the interiors they live in. The artist arranges half-improvised scenes and documents them with an analogue camera. In her lens, the domestic space turns into a theatre stage, and everyday life – into a spectacle. Black-and-white photographs expose the drama of the ordinary gestures and the invisible mechanisms of power and emotional dependency. In 2014 MACK Books published her first monograph Frowst. Her second book, Frantic, was released in 2017 by Humboldt Press. In 2018, Joanna Piotrowska took part in a group exhibition Being: New Photography in MOMA New York, and in the 10th Berlin Biennale.

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Joanna Piotrowska

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2017 / silver gelatin hand print / 120 x 95 cm / no. 0170 1/ 4 Wróć
Description

The photographs from the Shelters series were taken in Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro and Warsaw. The artist would visit the subjects at their apartments, and together they would build a kind of a temporary shelter or a den, using furniture, textiles, and personal belongings – the effect resembling the constructions from a childhood game. The resulting series works as an inventory of ephemeral structures, but also as a collection of psychological portraits of their inhabitants – some shelters are solid and minimal, some fragile and chaotic. The apartments in which the shelters were built, and the objects used for the constriction give some clues as to the hobbies, lifestyle, and social status of the subjects. The title Shelters opens various paths of interpretation – is it a children’s play, or an effort to reclaim the sense of security in unstable times? Are the shelters safe oases, or isolating traps?

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Joanna Piotrowska

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2017 / silver gelatin hand print / 120 x 95 cm / no. 0171 2/ 4 Wróć
Description

The photographs from the Shelters series were taken in Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro and Warsaw. The artist would visit the subjects at their apartments, and together they would build a kind of a temporary shelter or a den, using furniture, textiles, and personal belongings – the effect resembling the constructions from a childhood game. The resulting series works as an inventory of ephemeral structures, but also as a collection of psychological portraits of their inhabitants – some shelters are solid and minimal, some fragile and chaotic. The apartments in which the shelters were built, and the objects used for the constriction give some clues as to the hobbies, lifestyle, and social status of the subjects. The title Shelters opens various paths of interpretation – is it a children’s play, or an effort to reclaim the sense of security in unstable times? Are the shelters safe oases, or isolating traps?

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Joanna Piotrowska

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2016 / silver gelatin hand print / 120 x 95 cm / no. 0172 3/ 4 Wróć
Description

The photographs from the Shelters series were taken in Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro and Warsaw. The artist would visit the subjects at their apartments, and together they would build a kind of a temporary shelter or a den, using furniture, textiles, and personal belongings – the effect resembling the constructions from a childhood game. The resulting series works as an inventory of ephemeral structures, but also as a collection of psychological portraits of their inhabitants – some shelters are solid and minimal, some fragile and chaotic. The apartments in which the shelters were built, and the objects used for the constriction give some clues as to the hobbies, lifestyle, and social status of the subjects. The title Shelters opens various paths of interpretation – is it a children’s play, or an effort to reclaim the sense of security in unstable times? Are the shelters safe oases, or isolating traps?

The Clock
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Joanna Piotrowska

The Clock

2018 / multimedia installation / / no. 0173 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 4/ 4 Wróć
Description

You can see the artwork on the website: http://zegar.online

The Clock installation was made especially for the ING Polish Art Foundation and is the fruit of Piotrowska’s internship at ING in the summer of 2017. For two weeks, the artist came to the office to perform her day’s work, just like any other employee. “The routine and time-frame of an ordinary nine-to-five job has never set my mode of living. The office procedures were another experience that reminded me that time could always be redefined. The rigid frame of office work is a fact of life for most people, though some groups live outside of this structure” says the artist. Piotrowska invited twenty-four artists with works in the collection to create a clock, marking the rhythm of a day where the artists call the passing of another hour.

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