Amid nationwide pro-choice protests, leading Polish artist Joanna Piotrowska donates poignant photo to raise money for women’s rights charity


Joanna Piotrowska, Untitled (2014)
© the artist

The Polish artist Joanna Piotrowska has donated 100 limited edition photographs in a bid to raise money and awareness for women’s rights in Poland.

The move follows a ruling last month by the country’s constitutional court banning abortion in cases of severe foetal abnormalities, meaning terminations in Poland are now only allowed in cases of rape, incest or risks to the mother’s life and health. In response, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets across the country, protesting against a law they saw violates the human rights of women.

Together with the Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts, Piotrowska offered the works to support the Feminoteka Foundation, an organisation at the forefront of protecting freedom of choice and women’s rights in Poland. Part of her series Untitled (2014), the black-and-white photograph depicts a man’s face restrained by a woman’s hand.

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