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




2019 Upcoming Dorothée Nilsson Gallery

2019 Arbetets Museum Norrköping, Girls, Girls, Girls

2019 Åmells Konsthandel, Tuija och Julia – Det ljusa mörkret

2018 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  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




2018 Steinsland Berliner, Our Winter Show

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, 4Jahre 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