Ilona Szwarc

Los Angeles, CA

IIona Szwarc is an artist who works in photography, sculpture, and performance. She received an MFA in Photography from Yale University and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She explores themes of identity, transformation, and the dopplegänger - an inquiry rooted in her immigrant experience. Recent solo exhibitions include Fahrenheit Madrid, Spain (2023), Diane Rosenstein Gallery (2021), Make Room (2019) and AALA Gallery (2018) in Los Angeles; and Fort Institute of Photography Foundation, Warsaw (2017). Recently, her work was included in group shows at Nathalie Karg Gallery, New York City; and Nicodim Gallery, Regen Projects, and Shulamit Nazarian Gallery in Los Angeles. Her photographs have been featured in numerous publications worldwide. Born in Warsaw, Poland, she now lives and works in Los Angeles.


"I am a woman and I feast on memory"

Set of three artist books. Limited edition of 500.

8.25 × 10.75 inches. 32 pages each. Perfect-bound.Printed on HP Indigo digital press. Designed by Michela Povoleri


Linen Beach Throw

This 52 by 70 inch linen beach throw isn't just for the beach. It is also great as a wall hanging, for draping over furniture or having on hand for chilly movie nights. Taking an archival approach to her photographs, Ilona Szwarc created a unique collage using photographs of hands pulled from different bodies of work from the last decade. ⁣⁣

100% Linen



  • 2015 MFA Photography, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • 2013 BFA Photography, summa cum laude, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY


  • 2023 Mother Mould, Fahrenheit Madrid, Spain
  • 2021 Virgin Soap, Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles
  • 2020 I am a woman and I feast on memory, Ogrodowa 8, Lodz, Poland
  • 2019 Unsex me here, Make Room, Los Angeles
  • 2018 Some women can take their eyes out, AALA Gallery, Los Angeles
  • 2017 You are now entering the human heart, Instytut Fotografii Fort, Warsaw, Poland
  • 2016 I am a woman and I feast on memory, Leica Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
  • 2015 Rodeo Girls, Amerikahaus, Munich, Germany
  • 2014 American Girls, Johnson Hall Rotunda Gallery, Meredith College, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 2013 American Girls, Foley Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2013 American Girls, Maison de la Photographie, Lille, France
  • 2012 American Girls, Galerie Claude Samuel, Paris, France


  • 2021 There Is Always One Direction, de la Cruz Collection, Miami
  • 2021 Mirror, Mirror, Nathalie Karg, New York
  • 2021 My Secret Garden, Asia Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2021 The Makeable Mind, Noorderlicht Photography Festival, Groningen, The Netherlands
  • 2020 PAPA RAGAZZE, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles
  • 2020 The Creator Has A Master Plan, Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles
  • 2020 Athens Photography Festival 2020, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
  • 2020 About Face, curated by Ali Subotnick, Gallery Platform LA
  • 2019 212 Photography Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2018 Engaged, Active, Aware: Women's Perspectives Now, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2018 By The Lights of Their Eyes, Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles
  • 2017 POWER, Fotografiska Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2016 FOAM TALENT, Unseen Photography Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2015 Lovely Dark, Regen Projects, Los Angeles


  • 2015 Richard Benson Prize for Excellence in Photography, Yale University
  • 2014 Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture, Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation
  • 2014 Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship, Yale University
  • 2014 PDN’s 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch
  • 2013 World Press Photo, Third Prize: Observed Portraits


  • The New York Times Magazine, TIME, The New Yorker, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, New York Magazine, OUT Magazine, Leica S Magazine, Financial Times Weekend Magazine, Marie Claire, Elle, The Telegraph Magazine, National Geographic, Surface, and
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