Julia Peirone








Golden Me


Born 1973 in Argentina.
She lives and works in Stockholm. 

“In her work, Julia Peirone takes the viewer to the boundary regions of puberty.” – Niclas Östlind, 2017

Since her debut at the turn of the century, Julia Peirone’s visual world is chiefly populated by girls or young women. Peirones series mirror aspects of vulnerability, shame, and sexuality in a time that is heavily influenced by social media and their affects on the creation of identities. The artist is looking for the gap between reality and construction.

Julia Peirones‘ oeuvre poses questions about the strengths and limitations of the photographic image and the way we encounter ourselves in them. The modern-day visual culture favors self-glorification and an obsession with abstract ideals of beauty. In her photography, Julia Peirone focuses on these notions to explore young, mostly female teenagers search for identity.

Peirones work has a proximity to the moving image. Her photographic series often show casting situations and preparations. Retakes, fleeting moments, and failures are given a prominent position. The pictures can hardly be defined as portraits in a conventional sense; rather, they investigate mental states and visual conventions that reflect the demands of the external world. The photographs often capture the frustration that young women suffer after having been imprinted by certain ideals.

The relationship between the model and the photographer, as well as those between the viewer and the viewed, is an aspect of several images by Julia Peirone. Their gazes almost never meet. The girls‘ eyes are shut or hidden by their hair. Tight tank tops and short skirts expose their skin. The artist stresses that “the girls in my pictures are victims of a gaze, but they are also strong and have power over your gaze”.

Artist Video

Diamonds Dancing

Twisted Cherry



More than Violet


1999 – 2001 Konstfack, University College of Art, Craft and Design (MFA), Stockholm, Sweden

1996 – 1999  University of Film and Photography (BFA), Gothenburg, Sweden


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

Göteborg Stad

Län i väst

Linköpings kommun

Norrtälje Kommun

Tyresö Kommun

Kulturförvaltningen i Göteborg

Sveriges Allmänna Konstförening

Several Private Collections

Awards, Grants and Residencies

Swedish Arts Grants Comitte, 10-years working grant, 2017

Nominated for Nöjesguiden artaward, 2014

Swedish Arts Grants Comittee, Two year working grant, 2013

Shortlisted to Sovereign European Art Prize, 2011

Längmanska Kulturfonden, 2011

Swedish Arts Grants Comittee, Two year working grant, 2008

Iaspis, One year Studio Program at Acme in London, 2007

Helge-Axel Johnson travel grant, 2007

Swedish Arts Grants Comittee, One year working working grant, 2005

Författarfonden, One year working working grant, 2004

Northern Cities, Workshops/Exhibiton Project run by Northern Photographic Centre and Art Council of Oulo, 2003

Stockholm City Art Award, 2003

Hasselbladstiftelsen Resident program in Grez-sur-loing, France, 2001

Lunds Konsthalls Vänner- Award to a young promising artist, 2001

Helge-Axel Johnson travel grant, 2001


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

Waiting for Red Pigtails (monograph), Publisher: Sailor Press, Graphic design: Matilda Plöjel, 2013

More than Violet (monograph), Publisher: Art & Theory, 2012

Contemporary Swedish Photography, Publisher: Art & Theory, 2012

Konstnärer och deras Ateljéer, Publisher: Bladh & Bladh By: Anette Mörne, Anne Nyblaeus, 2012

Blind Smek Min Kind, Julia Peirone, (monograph), Publisher: Ordfront / Galago, 2002

Solo Exhibitions

Girls – A Female Gaze, Dorothée Nilsson Gallery, Berlin, Germany 2019

Girls, Girls, Girls, Arbetets Museum Norrköping, Sweden 2019

Tuija och Julia – Det ljusa mörkret, Åmells Konsthandel, Sweden 2019

Girls, Girls, Girls, Kalmar Konstmuseum, Kalmar, Sweden 2018

Galleri Thomas Wallner, Simrishamn, Sweden 2018

Girls, Girls, Girls, Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Gothenburg, Sweden 2017

Twisted Cherry, Belenius Galleri, Stockholm, Sweden 2016

Coral Punch, Fotogalleriet Format, Malmö, Sweden 2016

Museum Anna Nordlander, Skellefteå, Sweden 2015

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

Like a Hawk stealing for the prey, Dansens hus, Stockholm, Sweden 2013

Konstforum Norrköping, Sweden 2013

Galleri Se, Falun, Sweden 2012

Martin Bryder Gallery, Lund, Sweden 2012

Armory Show, Crystal Contemporary Art, New York, USA 2012

Crystal Contemporary Art, Stockholm, Sweden 2012

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

Magnus Åklundh Gallery, Malmö, Sweden 2010

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 2009

Golden Me, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden 2008

Brandstrom Stockholm, Violet Vertigo, Stockholm, Sweden 2008

Hamnmagasinet/Konsthallen in Varberg, Sweden 2008

Black Blondes, Skärets Konsthall Skåne, Sweden 2007

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

Galerie F5.6, Munich, Germany 2006

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

Gallery Krista Mikkola, Helsinki, Finland 2005

Night Spots, Hässleholms Kulturhus, Hässleholm, Sweden 2005

Night Spots, Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland 2005

Tyresö Konsthall, Tyresö, Sweden 2004

Reconstruction of Presence, Gallery Format, Malmö, Sweden 2003

Reconstruction of Presence, Gallery 54, Gothenburg, Sweden 2002

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

Pictura, Lund, Sweden 2001

Gallery Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden 2001

Group Exhibitions (Selection)

Publiderat – Fotoboken i Sverige, Hasselblad Center, Göteborg, Sweden 2018

Landskrona Museum, Landskrona, Sweden 2017

Polyfoni, Galleri Thomas Wallner, Malmö, Sweden 2017

Our Winter Show, Gallery Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm, Sweden 2018

Golden Sunset, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden 2017

Shuffle, Martin Bryder Galleri, Lund, Sweden 2017

Our Winter Show, Steindsland Berliner, Stockholm, Sweden 2017

Belenius Nordenhake Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden 2016

Grundemark Nilsson Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden 2016

Borås Konstmuseum, Screens and Mirrors, Sweden 2016

Sven-Harrys Konstmuseum, Swedish Art: Now!, Stockholm, Sweden 2016

Gallery Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm, Sweden 2015

Nutcracker, Belmacz Gallery, London, UK 2015

Avspark, Haninge Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden 2014

Circus, Belmacz Gallery, London, UK 2014

Det Synliga, Artipelag, Stockholm, Sweden 2014

Different Distances, Aperture Foundation, New York, USA 2014

Different Distances, House of Sweden,Washington, USA 2013

Different Distances, Swedish Photography ,Berlin, Germany 2013

Atletisk, Växjö Konsthall, Växjö, Sweden 2013

Polifony, Galleri Thomas Wallner, Simrishamn, Sweden 2013

Different Distances, Centre Culturel Suédois, Paris, France 2012

Braga – Encontros da Imagem, Portugal 2012

Skärets Konsthall, 10-års jubileum, Skäret, Sweden 2012

She’s in the picture, Center for Photography, Stockholm, Sweden 2012

Sport I konsten, Kristianstads Konsthall, Kristianstad, Sweden 2011

Nordic Darkness, Kristinehamns Konstmuseum, Kristinehamn, Sweden 2011

Sport I konsten, Mjellby Konstmuseum, Sport I konsten, Halmstad, Sweden 2010

Skanstulls tunnelbanestation, Stockholm, Sweden 2009

LIPF- Lianzhou International Photo Fetival, China 2008

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK 2008

War within, Reinier van Ewijk Projects, Amsterdam, NL 2008

Transgressing Mind, Prague Triennale, Prague, Czechia 2008

Toys R us, Brandstrom & Stene, Stockholm, Sweden 2008

Stalking suburbia, The Westport Art Center, Westport, USA 2007

International Photo Magazine, Phillips de Pury & Co, New York, USA 2007

Miami Photo (Galerie f5,6), Miami, USA 2007

4Jahre f5,6, Galerie F5,6, Munich, Germany 2007

Barnet i samtidskonsten, Haninge Kulturhus, Stockholm, Sweden 2007

Northern Cities, Vorallberger Landesmuseum, Bregenz, Austria 2006

Labyrint, Botkyrka Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden 2006

Miami Photo (Galerie f5.6), Miami, USA 2006

Paris Photo (Galerie f5.6), Paris, France 2006

Northern Cities, Felleshuset, Berlin, Germany 2006

L.A Photo (Daniel Cooney Fine Art), Los Angeles, USA 2006

Dogs, Flo Peters Gallery, Hamburg, Germany 2005

Northern Cities, Tromsö Art Association, Tromsö, Norway 2005

Northern Cities, Kerava Art Museum, Kerava, Finland 2005

Northern Cities, Oulu City Art Museum, Oulo, Finland 2005

Northern Cities, The Aine Art Museum, Tornio, Finland 2005

Unstable – new directions in Swedish Photography 1990-2004, Museum of Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden 2005

Blick – New films and videos from the Nordic and Baltic region, Kunstverein Munich, Munich, Germany 2005

AIPAD (Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery), New York, USA 2005

Still life and stilled lives, Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York, USA 2005

Scandinavian Photography, Gallery Faulconer at Grinnells College, Iowa, USA 2005

New films and videos from the Nordic and Baltic region, Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm, Sweden 2004

Photography Now, Art Forum Berlin (Photography Now), Berlin, Germany 2004

Photofest 2004 Gwynne Warehouse Gallery, Hereford, UK 2004

Artforum Berlin, Berlin, Germany 2003

Sad Expo, Paris, France 2003

BB – Gallery Lars Bohmans Project Room, Stockholm, Sweden 2002

Swedish Style in Tokyo, Gallery Deluxe, Tokyo, Japan 2002

Wetterling Gallery – Graduating class of Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden 2001

Borås Museum of Art – Graduating class of HFF, Borås, Sweden 1999

Arles -Festival of Photography, Arles , France 1998

Malmö Museum of Art, Smitta, Malmö, Sweden 1997