Joanna Latka


Sanatorium under the Sign of Clepsydra, by Bruno Schulz, inspires these drawings by Joanna Latka (…). There is a latent strangeness in each scenario, metaphorical and expressive signs of a dreamed reality, not always benevolent, and marks of a dreamlike horizon that borders on madness — the sanatorium. There is the feeling that everything is transitory and ephemeral, the certainty that time is fleeting (…) — the sign of clepsydra (…).” by Maria Isabel Roque about the work of Joanna Latka.

Joanna Latka (Kraków, 1978) has lived and worked in Portugal since 2003. PhD student at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Lisbon, higher education professor (IADE). Co-founder of the Contraprova engraving studio. She dedicates herself to Chinese ink drawings, engraving, and illustration. Represented in several public and private collections, she counts with 65 individual exhibitions and 90 collective exhibitions, both in Portugal and abroad. Finalist of the Fundação Luso-Americana (FLAD) Drawing Prize, 2023, she was also chosen for the Amadeu de Souza-Cardoso Prize (2020), Cerveira Biennial (2017), International Print Network Horst-Janssen-Museum (Germany , 2013), 9th International Biennial “Livre à Voir” (France), 5th International Artist’s Book Exhibition (Hungary, 2013).

The great procession, 2022
42 x 59,4 cm.