Joanna Piotrowska (Warsaw, Poland, 1985), lives and works in London. She received a BA in Photography at the Academy of Fine Arts, Cracow, in 2009 and a MA in Photography, at the Royal College of Art, London in 2013. In 2014 MACK Books published her project FROWST. Her solo exhibitions include: Joanna Piotrowska, Dawid Radziszewski Gallery, Warsaw, 2016; Hester, Southard Reid, London, 2015, FROWST, Ethnographic Museum, Cracow, 2015; s.w.a.l.k, Project Space, Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland, 2014. Group exhibitions include: What love has to do with it, Project Space, Hayward Gallery, London, 2014; Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 2013, Give me yesterday, Prada Foundation, Milan, 2016, ROOM, Sadie Coles, London, 2016, These Rotten Words, Chapter Gallery, Cardiff, UK. Joanna is currently working on her second book with Humboldt Books.


The concept of home invokes notions of familiarity, comfort, and bonding. However, one should not to confuse this experience with the simple relationship between body and space—something related to the infinite possibilities of architecture, city, borders and other elements that change from one geographical and cultural context to another. Unlike a constructed element that constitutes an environment, the phenomenon of being oriented—spatially, temporally or socially—by a family order and cultivating affection and identification in relation to a locus is something universal and independent of specific characteristics. It is an emotional relationship of belonging, prone to be developed in any given age, culture or place.

The project developed by Joanna Piotrowska during her residency in the InclusArtiz Institute in Rio de Janeiro starts from these premises towards an interest in the nature of the domestic space and combines the activation of situations with the production of images through photography. Her studies address the intersections of personal, emotional and bodily relationships with architecture and sensations of privacy, security and intimacy. In the search for encounters that can bring out potential manifestations of subjectivity, the artist invites people to receive her in their homes and proposes that they build small temporary shelters—idea inspired by a family photo that registered the familiar domestic game. Starting from a conversation in the space, these structures are mounted freely and later photographed with their inhabitants. This is when lamps, umbrellas and brooms are paired with chairs, books and bed sheets. Insofar as the childish theme is operationalized by adult rationalisation, small bunkers, huts and tents are formed in spaces constituted by actions that aspire to the private and the perennial. It is when a human body joins the exoskeleton formed by improvised props. All very familiar and, paradoxically, very strange.

As we observe the way in which each person reacts in face of the immediate needs and resources available, we identify certain patterns and also distinct personal choices. Icons of everyday mentality, of the subjective place and material possessions of these people emerge.

Finally, to consider the character of these tents built inside common houses leads us to questions regarding the links between material protection and affective den. It is inevitable to reflect upon the place—spiritual and social—of the individual within economic and political organizations. The condition of the homeless, in the streets or as immigrants, thus comes to light as the fragile search for any architecture capable of offering real shelter in the midst of the ever-present eminent apocalypse arises.

Germano Dushá





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2017 / upcoming
Galeria da Boavista, Lisbon, Portugal
Southard Reid Gallery, London, UK
These Rotten Words, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardi , UK
Art Basel / Statements with Dawid Radziszewski Gallery, Basel, Switzerland

ROOM, Sadie Coles, London, UK
Give me yesterday, Prada Foundation, Milan, Italy
Frantic, Madragoa Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal
LISTE 2016, Basel, Switzerland / Dawid Radziszewski Gallery
Joanna Piotrowska, Dawid Radziszewski Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

Hester, Southard Reid, London, UK
How Are You? Księgarnia | Wystawa, Cracow, Poland
Frowst, Ethnographic Museum, Photomonth, Cracow, Poland
Lea Cetera, Daniel Lipp & Joanna Piotrowska, Sunday At Fair, London, UK
Jerwood and Photoworks Awards 2015, Jerwood Space, London, UK
True Players, W139, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Art Lending Library project by Walker & Bromwich, Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK Kombucha, Bunkier Sztuki, Cracow, Poland
Altrimenti che essere, Galleria Oltredimore, Gender Bender Festival, Bologna, Italy
Krasna-Krausz Book Awards and First Book Award 2015, Media Space, Science Museum, London, UK

s.w.a.l.k, Project Space, Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK
What love has to do with it, Project Space, Hayward Gallery, London, UK

Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK When Sleeper Wakes, Aperto Gallery, St Petersburg, Russia
Family Politics, Jerwood Space, London, UK
Fly me through the night, Pilot, Private house at Primrose Hill, London, UK Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Spike Island, Bristol, UK
Call XV, Luis Adelantado Gallery, Valencia, Spain
21st Century Art and Design, RCA 2013, Christie’s, London, UK
MA Graduation Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK

The Suspension of History, Basement Project Space, Cork, Ireland

Sittcomm.award, Wyspianski Pavilion, Krakow, Poland
5128, Zpa ska Gallery, Krakow, Poland


November 2016      Heavy Collective, Volume II, pictorial feature
November 2016      Dazed Magazine, pictorial feature
September 2016      Office Magazine, pictorial feature
August 2016      Tank Magazine, pictorial feature
July 2016      Genda Magazine, pictorial feature
February 2016      Tank Magazine, pictorial feature
January 2016      Calvert 22, text by Isabella Miklewska
January 2016      Vice. Broadly, text by Anastasiia Fedorova
November 2015      Re-Edition Magazine, pictorial feature
November 2015      Vault Magazine, text by Daniel Boetker Smith
November 2015      Another Magazine, interview, online
May 2015            Magenta Magazine, pictorial feature
May 2015      Art News, review by Jennifer Thatcher
March 2015      Art Monthly, review by Nick Warner
March 2015      Calvert 22, essay by Anastasiia Fedorova, online
Spring 2015      Tjej Land, text by Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa
Winter 2014      Aperture, text by Wojciech Nowicki
Winter 2014      Dazed Magazine, pictorial feature, Never is a Long Time
Winter 2014      Dazed Magazine, 100 people who in uenced culture this year
July 2014      Paper Journal, Uncertain Constellations, interview by Darren Campion, online
May 2014      Packet biweekly, interview by Ian Lewandowski
December 2013      The Independent, Art Stars of Tomorrow by Adrian Hamilton
December 2013      Dust Magazine, Frowst, text by Anca Rujoiu, online
November 2013      Photomonitor, interview by Christiane Monarchi, online
November 2013      Time Out, Bloomberg New Contemporaries, review by Martin Coomer Art


Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK
British National Photography Collection, Bradford, UK


Artissima Prize, winner.
Nomination for Paul Hamlyn Foundation Prize
Nomination for Paul Huf Award, Foam Museum, Amsterdam

Nomination for Paul Huf Award, Foam Museum, Amsterdam Nomination for Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2015
Nomination for DZ Bank Photography Prize
Plat(t)form 2015, Winterthur Fotomuseum, Switzerland Photoworks & Jerwood Award 2015, winner

Nomination: reGeneration, Tomorrow’s Photographers Today
Nomination: REFOCUS: The Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Castlegate Photography Prize Kuldiga Artists Residence 2014
First Book Award, MACK Books, winner

Selected for Catlin Guide 2013

Genesis Foundation Scholarship, winner

Nomination for sittcomm. award 2010
Creative Scholarship of the Head of the City of
Krakow Hidden Places artist in residence, Görlitz, Germany


Frowst book launch, Claire de Rouen, London, UK
Artist’s talk, Calvert 22 Gallery, London, UK
Book launch & conversation with Ben Burbridge, Hayward Gallery, London, UK


2017 Frantic by Humboldt Books

2014 Frowst by Mack


2011 – 2013 MA Photography, Royal College of Art, London, UK
2004 – 2009 BA Photography, Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow, Poland


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