Pia Johnson / In a dim light …. / October 29 – November 22 2014



The setting is rural Japan in the middle of the night. The 100-year-old house stands nestled between mountains, bamboo, rice paddies and the sea. It is made of wood and filled with tatami mats and screens. Time passes slowly. The weather is changeable and so am I. I cannot sleep. I wander in this liminal space. Displaced in a foreign land. Listless, awake, the edges of self beginning to fray.

Pia Johnson is a photographer and visual artist, whose practice seeks to investigate issues about cultural difference, diaspora and identity. Ranging from close-up portrait work to abstract photographs, Pia’s work is collected in private and public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria. Pia has exhibited throughout Australia and internationally.

Pia was selected as a finalist in the 2014 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, Onward Compe ‘12 photography competition by US photographer Todd Hido at Project Basho Gallery in Philadelphia USA (2012), and three of her images were finalists in the inaugural Ballarat International Foto Biennale ‘Take a Bow Performance Photography Prize’. In 2013 Pia was invited to stay at Studio Kura in Itoshima Japan for a one-month residency.

Her photographs have been published in Rolling Stone, The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, The Age, The Age Life and Style, The Herald Sun, The Monthly amongst others including independent and cultural papers. Pia holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual arts) and Diploma of Modern Languages (Mandarin) from the University of Melbourne, and is currently a Masters of Fine Arts (Research) candidate at RMIT University.

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Press / Media:
Pia Johnson Artist Profile,  Sara Sweet, Artist Profile, 27th October, 2014
Pia Johnson: In a Dim Light, Jenny Valentish, TimeOut Melbourne, October, 2014
Photographer Pia Johnson,  Natalie Walton, Daily Imprint, 7th November, 2014
Melbourne: Pia Johnson In a dim light…, La Rédaction, L’Oeil de la Photographie, 19th November, 2014