Born 1984 in Warsaw, Poland
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, USA
Ilona Szwarc’s series of photographs, I am a woman and I play the horror of my flesh, takes the form of a makeup tutorial employing a lookalike as the artist manipulates her own image to create a grotesque version of herself. Szwarc’s work explores ways in which female identity is constructed in current cultural context, as well as processes of socialization of girls and women. Notions of becoming, and concept of the ideal self are at the core of her investigation.
Szwarc holds an MFA in Photography from Yale University. Her photographs have been featured in numerous publications worldwide including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker and TIME. Szwarc has been awarded Richard Benson Prize for Excellence in Photography (2015), Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture (2014), and was recently included in FOAM Magazine’s Talent issue.