Joanna Piotrowska

Shelter, 2021

24 × 30 cm

Silver gelatine hand print

Ed. 15, with certificate (framed)

In her haunting and emotionally charged black and white photographs, London-based Polish artist Joanna Piotrowska explores personal gestures of care, self-protection and control. Piotrowska's series Shelter portrays people in temporary architectures made of everyday objects. “The shelter is like a fortress for our bodies, an extension of our selves. It is about how we choose to live, what we’ve surrounded ourselves with,” the artist describes. “It’s also a little absurd that an adult is building this temporary, fragile structure. It isn’t really giving us any protection because it’s so ad hoc.” Joanna Piotrowska (b. 1985, Warsaw, PL) has held solo and group exhibitions at the following venues: Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne (2021); MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome; Zachęta - National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2020); Tate Britain, London and Kunsthalle Basel (both 2019). She lives and works in London.

Shelter, 2021