Joanna Piotrowska in residence

ARCH welcomes artist Joanna Piotrowska in residence this January–February. 

Born in 1985, Joanna Piotrowska lives and works between London and Warsaw. She studied Photography at the Royal College of Art in London and Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. Her photographic practice focuses on familial structures and their relationship to the wider systems - including politics, economics, social, and cultural life. She explores the past and the present, showing all the inequalities of power and psychological drama, and translating the gestures and everyday intimate behaviours into new scenarios - giving them an almost caricature-like quality. The artist uses her surroundings to show the anxiety and psychological tension of the domestic space - rather as a document of a performance than a documentary image.

Her work has been exhibited at renowned institutions including Tate Britain (2019), Kunsthalle Basel (2019), 10th Berlin Biennale (2018) and MoMA, New York (2018), amongst many others. In 2020, she held a solo exhibition at Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, Poland. Her third monograph, "Stable Vices", will be published this February by MACK Books, London.




Joanna Piotrowska


2011 – 2013 MA Photography, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2004 – 2009 BA Photography, Academy of Fine Arts, Cracow, Poland


Selected Exhibitions

May  2021 60 Years. Tate Britain, London, UK

April  2021 Are we home yet? Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany / solo show 

April  2021 Siza Pavilion, Raketenstation Hombroich, Insel Hombroich Foundation / solo show

March  2021 British Art Show IX


2020  Frowst, Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw, Poland / solo show

2020  Our Red Sky, Göteborgs Konsthall, Göteborg, Sweden

2020  Panic TV, Steirischer Herbst Biennale, Graz, Austria

2019  Stable Vices, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland / solo show

2019  All our false devices, Tate Britain, London, UK / solo show

2019  Yorkshire Sculpture International, Leeds Gallery, Leeds, UK / solo show

2019  Jen Liu, Joanna Piotrowska, Jesse Wine, Simone Subal, New York

2018  Antarctica. An Exhibition On Alienation. Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria

2018  SUPERSTITION, Museum Marres, Maastricht, Netherlands 

2018  Structures of meaning | Architectures of perception, Gateway, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 

2018  SCULPTURES, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

2018  Warsaw Gallery Weekend, Dawid Radziszewski, Warsaw, Poland

2018  Frieze, solo presentation with Southard Reid, London, UK

2018  We don’t need another hero, 10th BERLIN BIENNALE

2018  Being: New Photography 2018, MoMA, New York

2018  Material Environments, The Tetley, Leeds, UK

2018  Condo Mexico City, Arredondo\Arozarena hosting Madragoa and Dawid Radziszewski Gallery / solo show

2018  Condo London, Southard Reid

2017  Big towers, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore

2017  GAUDIOPOLIS, Off-Biennale, Budapest, Hungary

2017  Untitled, Southard Reid, London, UK / solo show

2017  Art Basel/Statements, Dawid Radziszewski Gallery, Basel, Switzerland / solo show

2017  SEVER, Galeria Boavista, Lisbon, Portugal

2017  ROOM, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, UK

2017  ROOM, Sadie Coles, London, UK

2017  Give Me Yesterday, Prada Foundation, Milan, IT

2016  Frantic, Madragoa Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal / solo show

2016  LISTE 2016, Basel, Switzerland / solo show with Dawid Radziszewski Gallery

2016  Dawid Radziszewski Gallery, Warsaw, PL / solo show

2015  Jerwood and Photoworks Awards 2015, Jerwood Space, London, UK

2015  Frowst, Ethnographic Museum, Photomonth, Kraków, PL / solo show

2015  True Players, W139, Amsterdam, NL

2015  Hester, Southard Reid, London, UK / solo show

2015  How Are You?, Księgarnia | Wystawa, Kraków, PL / solo show

2015  Art Lending Library project by Walker & Bromwich, Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK

2015  Krasna-Krausz Book Awards and First Book Award 2015, Media Space, Science Museum, London, UK

2015  Kombucha, Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków, PL

2014  s.w.a.l.k Project Space, Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK / solo show

2014  What love has to do with it, Project Space, Hayward Gallery, London, UK

2013  Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK

2013  Family Politics, Jerwood Space, London, UK

2013  Fly me through the night, Pilot. Private house at Primrose Hill, London, UK

2013  Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Spike Island, Bristol, UK

2013  21st Century Art and Design – RCA 2013, Christie’s, London, UK

2013  MA Graduation Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2012  The Suspension of History, Basement Project Space, Cork, Ireland

2010  5128 Zpafiska Gallery, Cracow, Poland


Nominations, Awards and Residencies

2018 Lewis Baltz Research Fund

2017 Inclusartiz Institute Residency, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2016 Reda Prize, Artissima, Turin, IT

2016 Nomination for Paul Hamlyn Foundation Prize

2015 Plat(t)form, Winterthur Fotomuseum, Switzerland

2015 Photoworks & Jerwood Award

2014 First Book Award, MACK Books

2011 Genesis Foundation Scholarship

2010 Hidden Places artist in residence, Görlitz, Germany



2014 Frowst by Mack

2017 Frantic by Humboldt Books

2021 Stable Vices by MACK 


Selected Public Collections

Tate Britain, London, UK

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

Arts Council Collection, London, UK

Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK

British National Photography Collection, Bradford, UK


Joanna Piotrowska

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