Julia Peirone


Julia Peirone was born in 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, Peirone’s visual world is chiefly populated by girls or young women. Her series mirror aspects of vulnerability, shame, and sexuality in a time heavily influenced by social media and its effects on the creation of identities. The artist is looking for the gap between reality and construction.

Julia Peirone‘s oeuvre poses questions about the strengths and limitations of the photographic image and the way we encounter ourselves in photographs. 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, primarily female teenagers search for identity.

Peirone‘s 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”.


Some like it hot

Julia Peirone, Pola D, Some like it hot, 2022, Dorothée Nilsson Gallery 2023
Julia Peirone, Lorelei L, Some like it hot, 2022, Dorothée Nilsson Gallery 2023
Julia Peirone, Elsie M, Some like it hot, 2022, Dorothée Nilsson Gallery 2023
Julia Peirone, Bobbie S, Some like it hot, 2022, Dorothée Nilsson Gallery 2023
Julia Peirone, Vicky P, Some like it hot, 2022, Dorothée Nilsson Gallery 2023
Julia Peirone, Kay W, Some like it hot, 2022, Dorothée Nilsson Gallery 2023
Julia Peirone, Rose L, Some like it hot, 2022, Dorothée Nilsson Gallery 2023
Julia Peirone, Lois L, Some like it hot, 2022, Dorothée Nilsson Gallery 2023
Julia Peirone, Roslyn T, Some like it hot, 2022, Photo Basel 2022, Dorothée Nilsson Gallery 2023
Julia Peirone, Sugar K, Some like it hot, 2022, Photo Basel 2022, Dorothée Nilsson Gallery 2023
Julia Peirone, Dusky L, 2022, Photo Basel 2022, Dorothée Nilsson Gallery 2023
Julia Peirone, Angela P, Some like it hot, 2022, Photo Basel 2022, Dorothée Nilsson Gallery 2023

Diamonds Dancing

Twisted Cherry



More than Violet



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

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

Solo Exhibitions (selected)


Make up and smile, Dorothee Nilson Gallery, Berlin, DE

I am not blonde, Norrtälje Konsthall, Norrtälje, SE


Braids and bruisers, Liljevalchs+, Stockholm, SE


Diamonds Dancing, Galleri Belenius, Stockholm, SE


Girls – A Female Gaze, Dorothée Nilsson Gallery, Berlin, DE

Girls, Girls, Girls, Arbetets Museum Norrköping, SE

Tuija och Julia – Det ljusa mörkret, Åmells Konsthandel, SE


Girls, Girls, Girls, Kalmar Konstmuseum, Kalmar, SE

Galleri Thomas Wallner, Simrishamn, SE


Girls, Girls, Girls, Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Gothenburg, SE


Twisted Cherry, Belenius Galleri, Stockholm, SE

Coral Punch, Fotogalleriet Format, Malmö, SE


Museum Anna Nordlander, Skellefteå, SE


Bump, set, hit and spike, Stene Projects, Stockholm, SE


Like a Hawk stealing for the prey, Dansens hus, Stockholm, SE

Konstforum Norrköping, SE


Galleri Se, Falun, SE

Martin Bryder Gallery, Lund, SE

Armory Show, Crystal Contemporary Art, New York, US

Crystal Contemporary Art, Stockholm, SE


More than Violet, Linköpings Konsthall Passagen, Linköping, SE


Magnus Åklundh Gallery, Malmö, SE


Peter Lav Gallery, Copenhagen, DK

Norrtälje Konsthall, Norrtälje, SE

Uppsala Konstmuseum, Uppsala, SE

The Solo Project, Basel, CH

Galerie f5.6, Munich, DE


Golden Me, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, SE

Brandstrom Stockholm, Violet Vertigo, Stockholm, SE

Hamnmagasinet/Konsthallen in Varberg, SE


Black Blondes, Skärets Konsthall Skåne, SE


Reconstruction of Presence, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, US

Galerie F5.6, Munich, DE


Night Spots, Brändström & Stene Gallery, Stockholm, SE

Gallery Krista Mikkola, Helsinki, FI

Night Spots, Hässleholms Kulturhus, Hässleholm, SE

Night Spots, Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, FI


Tyresö Konsthall, Tyresö, SE


Reconstruction of Presence, Gallery Format, Malmö, SE


Reconstruction of Presence, Gallery 54, Gothenburg, SE

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


Pictura, Lund, SE

Gallery Konstfack, Stockholm, SE

Group Exhibitions (selected)


Disorders – Excerpts from the Collection Antoine de Galbert, macLYON, Lyon, FR


Tore A jonassons Samling, Riksidrottsmuseet, Konsthall 16, Stockholm, SE

Picture this, Kulturhuset, Tuija Linsdtröm, SE


Eurydikes systrar, Körsbärsgården, Gotland, SE

Simris, Galleri Thomas Wallner, Stockholm, SE

All cheered up, Hangmen Projects, Stockholm, SE


Martin Bryder Gallery, Malmö, SE

Världen omkring dig, Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Göteborg, SE

Publicerat- utställning om Fotoboken, Cff Stockholm, SE


Our Winter show, Gallery Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm, SE

Publiderat – Fotoboken i Sverige, Hasselblad Center, Göteborg, SE


Landskrona Museum, Landskrona, SE

Polyfoni, Galleri Thomas Wallner, Malmö, SE

Our Winter Show, Gallery Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm, SE

Golden Sunset, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, SE

Shuffle, Martin Bryder Galleri, Lund, SE


Belenius Nordenhake Gallery, Stockholm, SE

Grundemark Nilsson Gallery, Stockholm, SE

Borås Konstmuseum, Screens and Mirrors, SE

Sven-Harrys Konstmuseum, Swedish Art: Now!, Stockholm, SE


Gallery Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm, SE

Nutcracker, Belmacz Gallery, London, UK


Avspark, Haninge Konsthall, Stockholm, SE

Circus, Belmacz Gallery, London, UK

Det Synliga, Artipelag, Stockholm, SE

Different Distances, Aperture Foundation, New York, US


Different Distances, House of Sweden, Washington, US

Different Distances, Swedish Photography, Berlin, DE

Atletisk, Växjö Konsthall, Växjö, SE

Polifony, Galleri Thomas Wallner, Simrishamn, SE


Different Distances, Centre Culturel Suédois, Paris, FR

Braga – Encontros da Imagem, PT

Skärets Konsthall, 10-års jubileum, Skäret, SE

She’s in the picture, Center for Photography, Stockholm, SE


Sport I konsten, Kristianstads Konsthall, Kristianstad, SE

Nordic Darkness, Kristinehamns Konstmuseum, Kristinehamn, SE


Sport I konsten, Mjellby Konstmuseum, Sport I konsten, Halmstad, SE


Skanstulls tunnelbanestation, Stockholm, SE


LIPF- Lianzhou International Photo Fetival, CN

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

War within, Reinier van Ewijk Projects, Amsterdam, NL 

Transgressing Mind, Prague Triennale, Prague, CZ

Toys R us, Brandstrom & Stene, Stockholm, SE


Stalking suburbia, The Westport Art Center, Westport, US

International Photo Magazine, Phillips de Pury & Co, New York, US

Miami Photo (Galerie f5,6), Miami, US

4Jahre f5,6, Galerie F5,6, Munich, DE

Barnet i samtidskonsten, Haninge Kulturhus, Stockholm, SE


Northern Cities, Vorallberger Landesmuseum, Bregenz, AT

Labyrint, Botkyrka Konsthall, Stockholm, SE

Miami Photo (Galerie f5.6), Miami, US

Paris Photo (Galerie f5.6), Paris, FR

Northern Cities, Felleshuset, Berlin, DE

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


Dogs, Flo Peters Gallery, Hamburg, DE

Northern Cities, Tromsö Art Association, Tromsö, NO

Northern Cities, Kerava Art Museum, Kerava, FI

Northern Cities, Oulu City Art Museum, Oulo, FI

Northern Cities, The Aine Art Museum, Tornio, FI

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

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

AIPAD (Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery), New York, US

Still life and stilled lives, Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York, US

Scandinavian Photography, Gallery Faulconer at Grinnells College, Iowa, US


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

Photography Now, Art Forum Berlin (Photography Now), Berlin, DE

Photofest 2004 Gwynne Warehouse Gallery, Hereford, UK


Artforum Berlin, Berlin, DE

Sad Expo, Paris, FR


BB – Gallery Lars Bohmans Project Room, Stockholm, SE

Swedish Style in Tokyo, Gallery Deluxe, Tokyo, JP


Wetterling Gallery – Graduating class of Konstfack, Stockholm, SE


Borås Museum of Art – Graduating class of HFF, Borås, SE


Arles – Festival of Photography, Arles , FR


Malmö Museum of Art, Smitta, Malmö, SE


Braids and Bruisers (catalogue), Liljevalchs Konsthall, 2022

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

Waiting for Red Pigtails (monograph), Sailor Press, 2013

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

Contemporary Swedish Photography, Art & Theory, 2012

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

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

Awards, Grants and Residencies


Längmanska Kulturfonden


Swedish Arts Grants Comitte, 10-years working grant


Nominated for Nöjesguiden artaward


Swedish Arts Grants Comittee, Two year working grant


Shortlisted to Sovereign European Art Prize

Längmanska Kulturfonden


Swedish Arts Grants Comittee, Two year working grant


Iaspis, One year Studio Program at Acme in London

Helge-Axel Johnson travel grant


Swedish Arts Grants Comittee, One year working working grant


Författarfonden, One year working working grant


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

Stockholm City Art Award


Hasselbladstiftelsen Resident program in Grez-sur-loing, France

Lunds Konsthalls Vänner- Award to a young promising artist

Helge-Axel Johnson travel grant


Moderna Museet, Stockholm, SE

Göteborg Konstmuseum, Göteborg, SE

SE Banken, Stockholm, SE

Kiasma Museum of modern Art, FI

Stenersen Museet, NO

Portrait Collection of The National Museum, SE

National Art Council, SE

City of Stockholm, SE

City of Gothenborg, SE

Län I väst, SE

Linköpings kommun, SE

Norrtälje Kommun, SE

Tyresö Kommun, SE

Kulturförvaltningen i Göteborg, SE

Sveriges Allmänna Konstförening, SE