Joanna Szproch


Photography Artist +  Art Director + Educator

Artist Statement

I am a photographer with the intuition to express ‘color’. I work within the female character and try to reach a balance between the innocent and vulgar. Allowing serendipity is the counterpoint to my meticulous work preparation. The addressed erotic atmosphere is a diptych; on one hand bold and edgy, on the other vulnerable and self-aware. While in the hunt for that magic moment I let myself be guided by the individuality of my subjects, following empathetically their urge to express sensuality. The uninhibited environment to self-exploration is the central component of my work. This will encourage the viewer to indulge in doing the same.

Artist Bio

Joanna Szproch (1979, Poland) is an artist and educator mainly focusing on photography as well as video and performance. After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz with an MFA degree in 2004 she moved back to Warsaw to working on international commercial and artistic projects, developing further her signature, recognizable style. Since moving to Berlin in 2012, she has rediscovered the open-minded and creative childlike energy within herself, and refocused her art practice with this new sense of bewilderment, and freed herself from the influence of the male gaze and normativity. 

Her recent projects include solo and group exhibitions for example in Weserhalle(DE), GlogauAIR(DE), and Melkweg Gallery(ND), self-published zine Bibgul, works for both print magazines and designers, a series portraying Berlin bohemia, profiles of numerous creative and artistic persona. In 2019, together with an international Team, she initiated a project “Bodywholeness” founded by Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Project combined mediums of photography and performance art to portray the human as a holistic being. Recently she has completed a years-long collaboration with her muse Patrycja and during her art residence AirWro in Wroclaw in 2020 she has started turning it into her debut photo book.

From 2016-2018 she has been teaching a seminar entitled “Art Direction and Photography” at the HTK-Academy of Design in Berlin, and since then she has established a teaching path, collaborating with a variety of institutions, giving workshops and presentations focused on developing visual awareness among adolescents and adults. From 2021 she is working as an educator for Gesellschaft Für Humanistische Fotografie.

Selected Texts

Interview for ArtConnect

AirWro Art Residency

Interview for 4See Magazine

Weserhalle Exhibition

Selected Press

Arcademi ArtConnect Art Magazin ArtNau Art Sponge Bloginity Curated By Girls Dash Magazine Der Greif D-la Republica Elle Pl Fashion Copious Fav Magazine 4SEE If You Leave Ignant Juxtapoz Kenzine Kikimora K-mag Mossles Normale Magazine Novembre Magazine RBB The Lucky Jotter The Quiet Front The Photography Link The 405 This isn’t happiness TOH Magazine Trendland Wadmag Wandering Bears We Are Selectors Wednesday Early Mag

Selected References

About Blank • Venue
Acker Palace • Venue
Appaloosa • Band
Ballady I Romanse • Band
Berglind Agustsdottir • Musician
Berlin Community • Radio
Buttwrap • Underwear
C-Heads • Magazine
Converse • Footwear
Contributor • Magazine
D - la Repubblica • Magazine
Dream Nation • Clothing
Dr. Irena Eris • Cosmetics and Spa
Dysnea Boys • Band
Elle Pl • Magazine
Frozen Bird • Band
Gaby Gila • Artist
Hanne Lippard • Artist
Heinrich Barth • Cosmetics
House of Doll • Fashion Designer
Isabella Scorupco • Actress
Jakkoo Eino Kalevi • Singer
Mary Komasa • Singer
Mossless • Book
Nike • Sportwear
Novembre • Magazine
Odeur • Clothing
Pedro Lourenco • Fashion Designer
Shameless Limitless • Organization
Sense of Beauty • Magazine
Tarren Johnson • Creative Movement Director
Temporary Showroom
Tissue • Magazine
Whitelies • Magazine
Urban Spree • Venue
4SEE • Magazine

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