Ilona Szwarc Poland/US, b. 1989

Ilona Szwarc (Warsaw, Poland, b. 1984) is a photographer who lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She received an MFA in Photography from Yale University (2015) and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts NY (2013). Szwarc's recent solo exhibitions include PAPA RAGAZZE! (Curated by Olivia Neutron Bomb), Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles (2021); and solo shows at Make Room (2019), AALA Gallery, Los Angeles (2018); Instytut Fotografii Fort (2017) and Leica Gallery, Warsaw (2016); Amerikahaus, Munich (2015); Foley Gallery, New York (2013); and Galerie Claude Samuel, Paris (2012).  She has participated in group exhibitions at the Benaki Museum, Athens; Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb; Fotografiska Museum, Stockholm; Shulamit Nazarian Gallery, Regen Projects, and Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles; Nathalie Karg Gallery and Danziger Gallery, New York; among others. Among her awards and grants she has received the Richard Benson Prize for Excellence in Photography (2015), the Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture (2014), and the World Press Photo (2013). Her photographs have been featured in numerous publications worldwide.