Focus

Joanna Piotrowska

Joanna Piotrowska, Enclosure I, 2018. Courtesy: the artist and Southard Reid, London

Joanna Piotrowska, Enclosure I, 2018. Courtesy: the artist and Southard Reid, London

For Frieze 2018 Southard Reid is proud to exhibit a solo presentation by Joanna Piotrowska, born 1985, Warsaw, Poland, lives and works in London.

Piotrowska approaches the presentation for Focus as an installation comprising recent imagery of zoo enclosures and photographs from earlier series relating to self-protection and psychophysical relationships. The works engage in her ongoing interest in domesticated spaces, environments created by humans and attached complexities of notions of shelter.
The Enclosure series is a group of black and white photographs, where Piotrowska’s focus is on the cage structures with no obvious signs of animal life. They are spaces restrictive and protective at the same time and it is often unclear whether they provide sufficient means for life. Through the representation of enclosures, Joanna investigates the dichotomies of control, confinement and freedom, protection and oppression.

The second group of works exhibited are an extension of the ongoing Self Defence series, the first a photograph of an embrace or possibly strangulation pose, another of a human arm reaching, and finally an image of the artist and her mother. These are often set in domestic environments, and link to themes previously explored in series such as Frowst where people closely connected posed in seemingly familial arrangements and Shelters where her subjects created sheltering structures within and out of their own surroundings. Work from both series’ have been recently exhibited at MoMA New York and the Berlin Biennale.

In addition, there will be a video slide projection of the entire series of Enclosure images, overlaid with a sound piece, a descriptive reading of the enclosures and a similar observation of a bedroom. A further link is made between the enclosures and domestic spaces.