MADRAGOA
Joanna Piotrowska
Warsaw, Poland , 1985
About the Artist
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 (2021); Thump, Museum Insel Hombroich, Neuss (2021); FROWST, Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw (2020); Joanna Piotrowska, Madragoa, Lisbon (2020); Stable Vices, Kunsthalle Basel (2019); All Our False Devices, TATE Britain, London (2019); Joanna Piotrowska, Leeds Art Gallery (2019); Frantic, Madragoa, Lisbon (2016); Joanna Piotrowska, Dawid Radziszewski Gallery, Warsaw (2016): Hester, Southard Reid, London (2015).

Selected group exhibitions include: The Milk of Dreams, Biennale Arte, 59th Venice Biennale, Venice (2022); British Art Show 9, Aberdeen, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Plymouth (2021); Our Red Sky, Göteborgs Konsthall, Gotheborg (2020); Yorkshire Sculpture International, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds (2019); There'll Never Be a Door. You’re inside. Works From the Coleção Teixeira de Freitas, Fundación Santander, Madrid (2019); A Terceira MargemBienale Ano Zero, Coimbra (2019); Drowning in a sea of data, La Casa EncendidaMadrid (2019); New Photography, MoMA, New York (2018); Antarctica, Kunsthalle Wien (2018); Role-Playing, Rewriting mythologies, Daegu Photo Biennale (2018); 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2018); Room, Sadie Coles, London (2017); Something halfway between the typical atmosphere I breathe and the tip of my reality, La Tabacalera, Madrid (2017); SEVER, Galeria Boavista, Lisbon (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).

In 2014 she published her first monograph book "Frowst", published by MACK Books, London.
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Selected Exhibitions

 

Sleeping Throat, Bitter Thirst

Installation view at Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany

June 25th - September 25th 2022

 

Sub Rosa

Installation view at ARCH Athens, Athens, Greece

17th June – 22nd December 2022

 

Installation view at The Milk of Dreams, 59th Biennale Arte, Venice, Italy

April 23rd - November 27th 2022

 

Installation view at The Milk of Dreams, 59th Biennale Arte, Venice, Italy

April 23rd - November 27th 2022

 

Installation view at British Art Show 9, Aberdeen Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland

July 10th - October 10th 2021

 

Installation View at Art|Basel 2021 - Galleries Section, Basel, Switzerland

September 21st - September 26th, 2021

 

Thump

Installation view at Stiftung Insel Hombroich, Siza Pavilion, Neuss, Germany

April 30th - July 18th, 2021

 

Thump

Installation view at Stiftung Insel Hombroich, Siza Pavilion, Neuss, Germany

April 30th - July 18th, 2021

 

Frowst

Installation view at Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland

September 18th - December 6th, 2020

 

Frowst

Installation view at Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland

September 18th - December 6th, 2020

 

 

Frowst

Installation view at Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland

September 18th - December 6th, 2020

 

Joanna Piotrowska

Installation view at Madragoa, Lisbon, Portugal

January 24th - March 9th, 2020

 

Joanna Piotrowska

Installation view at Madragoa, Lisbon, Portugal

January 24th - March 9th, 2020

 

Joanna Piotrowska

Installation view at Madragoa, Lisbon, Portugal

January 24th - March 9th, 2020

 

Stable Vices

Installation view at Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland

October 25th, 2019 - January 5th, 2020

 

Stable Vices

Installation view at Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland

October 25th 2019 - January 5th, 2020

 

 

All Our False Devices

Installation view at Tate Britain, London, UK

March 7th - June 9th, 2019

 

All Our False Devices

Installation view at Tate Britain, London, UK

March 7th - June 9th, 2019

 

 

SCULPTURES

Installation view at Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, USA

July 12th - August 10th, 2018

 

We don’t need another hero

Installation view at 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

June 9th - September 9th, 2018

 

Being: New Photography 2018

Installation view at MoMA, New York, USA

March 18th - August 19th, 2018

 

 

Frantic

Installation view at Artissima 2017 - Present Future, Madragoa booth PF05, Turin, Italy

November 3rd - 5th, 2017

 

O Céu dos Oblíquos

Installation view at Madragoa, Lisbon, Portugal

May 17th – August 19th, 2017

 

Give Me Yesterday

Installation view at Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy

December 21st, 2016 - April 19th, 2017

 

Frantic

Installation view at Madragoa, Lisbon, Portugal

September 29th - November 5th, 2016

 

Frantic

Installation view at Madragoa, Lisbon, Portugal

September 29th - November 5th, 2016

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