LEWIS BALTZ RESEARCH FUND
Cousrtesy of Joanna Piotrowska
By supporting young talented artist, The LEWIS BALTZ RESEARCH FUND keep alive and challenge Lewis's vision. He was also highly sensitive to the fact that the creation of any real art form is sustained by the sharp and thorough vision of the world we live in — « Using facts, to create fictions, that reveal truths » (L.B).
The LEWIS BALTZ RESEARCH FUND has been established to honor the vision and memory of the American artist Lewis Baltz. The fund involves the annual grant of a substantial fund to support the creation, completion and dissemination of a project in any artistic medium, encompassing, but not limited to, anything from academic research to book publication, performance or installation art, video or film production to experimental digital work. The intention is to support projects reflecting the intellectual rigor of Lewis Baltz’s conceptual practice which also succeeded in propounding a significant connection to social and political issues. The recipient will be selected by the LEWIS BALTZ RESEARCH FUND Committee, composed of Mark McCain, art fiend, Theresa Luisotti and Thomas Zander, gallerists, Slavica Perkovic, artist, Michael Mack, publisher, Diane Dufour, director of LE BAL and Urs Stahel, independent curator and guest member of the board this year. Operated by LE BAL, The LEWIS BALTZ RESEARCH FUND has been created by the generous support of the Artworkers Retirement Society.
2018 LRBF award recipient : Joanna Piotrowska
The second Lewis Baltz Research Fund will be awarded to the artist JOANNA PIOTROWSKA for her project Untitled 2019.
The project considers the intersection of photography and sculpture with an explorationof materiality, spatiality and frozen gesture. Since 2015, Joanna have been working on a series inspired by the body language present in various self–defence techniques.
Born 1985, Joanna Piotrowska lives and works between London and Warsaw. She studied photography at the Royal College of Art in London and Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. Her photographic practice focuses on familial structures and their relationship to wider systems — including politics, economics, social, and cultural life.