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"Untitled", 2016Photography Bruno Lopes

Joanna Piotrowska questions reality with new photo series

The photographer explores the ideas of refuge and reality by re-appropriating the child-like dens we all once built, and shooting them in various homes in Lisbon

Polish artist, filmmaker and 2015 Dazed 100 photographer Joanna Piotrowska’s latest exhibition has just gone on display at Lisbon’s Galeria Madragoa, with a series of photographs detailing shelters that question our perceptions of space and time.

Piotrowska’s work is often emotionally and politically charged, and she recently collaborated with Dazed senior fashion editor Elizabeth Fraser-Bell on the project “Never is a Long Time”, which documented Latvian rehab centres and the addicts in recovery there.

Her current exhibition, Frantic, is centred on the theme of shelters and the Foucaultian “localised utopia” of childhood; covering your eyes and thinking you can't be seen, sheet-and-cushion dens, or hideaways at the end of the garden. Taking this idea of refuge into adulthood, she explores the darker and more pressing need for those without homes to find shelter. Inspired by these places and the ways in which they disrupt our understanding of place and time, Piotrowska's work also deals with the slippery concept of reality.

The work itself is a series of photographs displaying makeshift shelters erected in various homes using materials found there. In much the same way that the spectrum of people who created these shelters in their homes and gardens are varied in attitude and situation, the work's title Frantic was chosen for how it can refer to the multitude of reasons that you might have for creating a shelter – both the playful and innocent, to the more sinister and profound.

Frantic is on display at Lisbon's Galeria Madragoa until 5 November. More details here