Julia Peirone explores identity and the photographic image, often focusing on young women in series that reflects the aspects of childhood and the growing-up around vulnerability, shame and sexuality.

Above all, Peirone is interested in how reality exists through the image and how we meet ourselves in this pictorial aspect. She asks questions about what a photographic image can be and what it can do, what constitutes its powers and limits. In a time of social media and an image culture that is becoming increasingly self-centred, an important theme is the uncontrollable, the gap between the world and our thoughts about it.

An exploratory of norms, conditions and imagery. In several respects Julia Peirone is close to the moving image. In her photographic series, she often works with casting processes and preparations where retakes, moments and failures get prominent positions. It is hardly a question of portraits in the usual sense, but rather the examination of conditions and of educational conventions meeting with social standards that reflect the external requirements. The relationship between the viewer and the regarded is challenged.

The way in which people appear in Peirones works challenges the relationship between subjects and objects. At the same time Julia Peirone emphasizes that „the girls I shoot are the victims of a glance but they are also strong and have the power over your gaze“. Similarly, it is crucial for the interpretation of the image whether the author is male or female.

Julia Peirone was born in 1973. She lives and works in Stockholm.


1999 – 2001  Konstfack, University College of Art, Craft and Design (MFA), Stockholm, Sweden
1996 – 1999  University of Film and Photography (BFA), Gothenburg, Sweden


2018 (upcoming) Kalmar Konstmuseum, Girls, Girls, Girls (curated by Johanna Sandell), Kalmar, Sweden

2017 Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Girls, Girls, Girls (curated by Johan Sjöström / Camilla Påhlsson) Gothenburg, Sweden

2016 Belenius Galleri, Twisted Cherry, Stockholm, Sweden

2016 Fotogalleriet Format, Coral Punch, Malmö, Sweden

2015 Museum Anna Nordlander, Skellefteå, Sweden

2014 Stene Projects, Bump,set,hit and spike, Stockholm, Sweden

2013 Dansens hus, Like a Hawk stealing for the prey, Stockholm, Sweden (collaboration w Paloma Madrid)

2013 Konstforum Norrköping, Sweden (with Annika Svenbro)

2012 Galleri Se, Falun, Sweden

2012 Martin Bryder Gallery, Lund, Sweden

2012 Armory Show, NY 2011 (Crystal Contemporary Art), USA

2012 Crystal Contemporary Art, Stockholm, Sweden

2011 Linköpings Konsthall Passagen, More than Violet, Linköping, Sweden

2010 Magnus Åklundh Gallery, Malmö, Sweden

2009 Peter Lav Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2009 Norrtälje Konsthall, Norrtälje, Sweden

2009 Uppsala Konstmuseum, Uppsala, Sweden

2009 The Solo Project, Basel, Switzerland

2009 Galerie f5.6, Munich, Germany

2008 Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Golden Me, Sweden

2008 Brandstrom Stockholm, Violet Vertigo, Stockholm, Sweden

2008 Hamnmagasinet/Konsthallen in Varberg, Sweden

2007 Skärets Konsthall Skåne, Black Blondes, Sweden

2006 Daniel Cooney Fine art, Reconstruction of Presence, New York, USA

2006 Galerie F5.6, Munich, Germany

2005 Brändström & Stene Gallery,Nigt Spots, Stockholm, Sweden

2005 Gallery Krista Mikkola, (curated by Timothy Persons), Helsinki, Finland

2005 Hässleholms Kulturhus, Nigt Spots, Hässleholm, Sweden

2005 Finnish Museum of Photography, Nigt Spots, January, Helsinki, Finland

2004 Tyresö Konsthall, Tyresö, Sweden

2003 Gallery Format, Reconstruction of Presence, Malmö, Sweden

2002 Gallery 54, Reconstruction of Presence ,Gothenburg, Sweden

2002 CFF (Center of Photography), Reconstruction of Presence, Stockholm,SE

2001 Pictura, Lund, Sweden

2001 Gallery Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden

2017 Moderna Museet, Golden Sunset (curated by Magnus Af Petersens), Stockholm, Sweden
2017 Martin Bryder Galleri, Shuffle, Lund, Sweden
2017 Steindsland Berliner, Our Winter Show, Stockholm, Sweden
2017 Belenius Nordenhake Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
2016 Grundemark/Nilsson Gallery
2016 Borås Konstmuseum, Screens and Mirrors, Sweden
2016 Sven-Harrys Konstmuseum, Swedish Art: Now!, Stockholm, Sweden
2015 Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm, Sweden
2015 Belmacz gallery, Nutcracker, London, UK
2014 Haninge Konsthall, Avspark, Stockholm
2014 Belmacz Gallery, Circus, London, UK
2014 Artipelag, Det Synliga, Stockholm, Sweden
2014 Aperture Foundation, Different Distances, New York, USA
2013 House of Sweden, Different Distances, Washington, USA
2013 Swedish Photography, Different Distances, Berlin, Germany
2013 Växjö Konsthall, Atletisk, Växjö, Sweden
2013 Galleri Thomas Wallner, Polifony, Simrishamn, Sweden
2012 Centre Culturel Suédois, Different Distances, Paris (cur.: Greger Ulf Nilsson)
2012 Braga – Encontros da Imagem, Portugal
2012 Skärets Konsthall, 10-års jubileum, Skäret, Sweden
2011 Center for Photography, She´s in the picture, Stockholm, Sweden 
2011 Kristianstads Konsthall, Sport I konsten, Kristianstad, Sweden
2011 Kristinehamns Konstmuseum, Nordic Darkness, Kristinehamn, Sweden
2010 Mjellby Konstmuseum, Sport I konsten, Halmstad Sweden
2009 Skanstulls tunnelbanestation, Stockholm, Sweden
2008 LIPF- Lianzhou International Photo Fetival, Rep. of China
2008 National Portrait Gallery, Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, London, UK
2008 Reinier van Ewijk Projects, War within, Amsterdam, NL
2008 Prague Triennale, Transgressing Mind, Prague, Czechia
2008 Brandstrom & Stene, Toys R us, Stockholm, Sweden
2007 The Westport Art Center, Stalking suburbia (cur: L Ryan),Westport,USA
2007 Phillips de Pury & Co,International Photo Magazine, New York, USA
2007 Miami Photo (galerie f5,6), Miami, USA
2007 Galerie F5,6, 4 Jahre f5,6, Munich, Germany
2007 Haninge Kulturhus, Barnet i samtidskonsten, Stockholm, Sweden
2006 Vorallberger Landesmuseum, Northern Cities, Bregenz Austria
2006 Botkyrka Konsthall, Labyrint, Stockholm, Sweden
2006 Miami Photo (Galerie f5.6), Miami, USA
2006 Paris Photo (Galerie f5.6), Paris, France
2006 Felleshuset, Northern Cities, Berlin, Germany
2006 L.A Photo (Daniel Cooney Fine Art), Los Angeles, USA
2005 Flo Peters Gallery, Dogs, Hamburg, Germany
2005 Tromsö Art Association, Northern Cities, Tromsö, Norway
2005 Kerava Art Museum, Northern Cities,, Kerava, Finland
2005 Oulu City Art Museum, Northern Cities,, Oulo, Finland
2005  The Aine Art Museum, Northern Cities, Tornio
2005 Museum of Umeå University, Unstable – new directions in Swedish Photography 1990-2004, Umeå, Sweden
2005 Kunstverein Munich, Blick – New films and videos from the Nordic and Baltic region, Munich, Germany
2005 AIPAD (Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery), N Y, USA
2005 Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, Still life and stilled lives, New York, USA
2005  Gallery Faulconer at Grinnells College, Scandinavian Photography (curated by Daniel Strong), Iowa, USA
2004 Museum of Modern Art, Blick – – New films and videos from the Nordic and Baltic region, Stockholm, Sweden
2004 Art Forum Berlin (Photography Now), Berlin, Germany
2004 Gwynne Warehouse Gallery, Photofest 2004, Hereford, UK
2003 Artforum Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2003 Sad Expo, Paris, France
2002 BB – Gallery Lars Bohmans Project room, Stockholm, Sweden
2001 Gallery Deluxe, Swedish style in Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2001 Wetterling Gallery – Graduating class of Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden
1999 Borås Museum of Art – Graduating class of HFF, Borås, Sweden
1998 Arles -Festival of Photography, Arles , France
1997 Malmö Museum of Art, Smitta, Malmö, Sweden

2017 Swedish Arts Grants Comitte, 10-years working grant
2013 Swedish Arts Grants Comittee, Two year working grant
2011 Shortlisted to Sovereign European Art Prize
2011 Längmanska Kulturfonden
2008 Swedish Arts Grants Comittee, Two year working grant
2007 Iaspis, One year Studio Program at Acme in London
2007 Helge-Axel Johnson travel grant
2005 Swedish Arts Grants Comittee, One year working working grant                 2004 Författarfonden, One year working working grant
2003 Northern Cities, Workshops/Exhibiton Project run by Northern Photographic Centre and Art Council of Oulo (www.northerncities.com)
2003 Stockholm City Art Award
2001 Hasselbladstiftelsen Resident program in Grez-sur-loing, France
2001 Lunds Konsthalls Vänner- Award to a young promising artist
2001 Helge-Axel Johnson travel grant


Moderna Museet, Stockholm Sweden

Göteborg Konstmuseum, Göteborg, Sweden

SE Banken, Stockholm, Sweden

Kiasma Museum of modern Art, Finland

Stenersen Museet, Norway

Portrait Collection of The National Museum, Sweden

National Art Council, Sweden
Stockholm Stad

Norrtälje Kommun

Tyresö Kommun

Kulturförvaltningen i Göteborg

Sveriges Allmänna Konstförening

Several Private Collections


Girls, Girls, Girls (monograph) 2017
(Catalogue Göteborgs Konstmuseum)
Publisher: Göteborgs Konstmuseum

Waiting for Red Pigtails (monograph) 2013
(Images and text from the film Waiting for Red Pigtails)
Publisher: Sailor Press, Graphic design: Matilda Plöjel

More than Violet (monograph) 2012
(Containing works made 2008 -2011)
Publisher: Art & Theory, Graphic design: Sandra Praun

Contemporary Swedish Photography 2012
(Overview of Swedens photography scene)
Publisher: Art & Theory Graphic design: Stefania Malmsten

Konstnärer och deras Ateljéer 2012
(Overview of different artist in their studios)
Publisher: Bladh & Bladh By: Anette Mörne, Anne Nyblaeus

Blind Smek Min Kind, Julia Peirone, (monograph) 2002
(Containing works made 1996 -1999)
Publisher: Ordfront / Galago, Graphic design: Lars Liljendahl