Joanna Piotrowska (b. 1985) is a Polish artist based in London. She examines the human condition through performative acts and the construction of multiple ‘social landscapes’ using photography, performance and film. Family archives, self-defence manuals and psychotherapeutic methods are used as reference points as Piotrowska explores the complex roles which play out in everyday performance. Her psychologically charged photographs probe human behaviour and the dynamics of familial relations, exploring intimacy, violence, control, and self-protection. The artist reveals moments of care as well as hierarchies of power, anxieties, and imposed conventions that play out in the domestic sphere.
Her work has been exhibited at: Le Bal, Paris (2023), FRAC Île-de-France, Paris (2023), Kunsthalle Tübingen (2023), 59th Venice Biennale (2022), The 16th Lyon Biennale (2022) Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover, Germany (2022), MACRO, Rome, Italy (2020), Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw (2020), Tate Britain (2019), Kunsthalle Basel (2019), NS-Dokumentationszentrum München (2019), MoMA, New York (2018), Kunsthalle Wien (2018), 10th Berlin Biennale (2018), ICA Singapore (2017), Fondazione Prada Osservatorio, Milan (2016), Hayward Gallery, London (2014), Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2013). Joanna Piotrowska is a receipient of The Camera Austria Award for Contemporary Photography by the City of Graz, 2023.
Piotrowska’s work is held in the collections of:
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Tate, London, United Kingdom
Art Institute of Chicago, USA
Arts Council Collection, United Kingdom
FRAC Grande Large - Hauts-de-France, France
FRAC Champagne - Ardenne, Reims, France
FRAC Bretagne, Rennes, France
Kolumba Museum, Cologne, Germany