It’s hard to put your finger on it, but Birthe Piontek’s photographs have an uneasy feel to them. The visual artist and photographer based in Vancouver BC, Canada, shows a special interest in the relationship between memory and identity.
“My main interest is in people and identity,” she shared with FotoRoom. “I’m interested in the psychology of people – how do we feel, think and live? How is our identity shaped by our surrounding world? For me as an artist, the question is the visualization of identity and how I can articulate my own observations and thoughts around it.”
“I look at photography the way I also look at any other art forms whether it might be painting, sculpture, or dance – it’s a wonderful way to engage with the world, to see and learn something new and different through the eyes of another person,” she shared.
Born and raised in Germany, Birthe moved to Canada in 2005 after receiving her MFA from the University of Essen in Communication Design and Photography.
Her work has been exhibited in both solo and group shows and is featured in many private and public collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and the Museum of Applied Arts in Gera, Germany.
Check out some of her photographs in the gallery below.