Birthe Piontek is a visual artist living in Vancouver BC, Canada.
Originally from Germany, she moved to Canada in 2005 after receiving her MFA from the University of Essen in Communication Design and Photography.
Birthe describes her photography as an exploration of the individual and is interested in the concept of Self. Her main focus is portrait photography but she also utilizes other art forms like installation and collage to investigate the essence of portraiture and to what degree identity can be visualized.
Her work has been exhibited internationally, in both solo and group shows, and is featured in many private and public collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and the Museum of Applied Arts in Gera, Germany.
Birthe's project The Idea of North won the Critical Mass Book Award 2009, and was published as a monograph in 2011. She was nominated for the AIMIA AGO Award 2014, and her recent project Lying Still was shortlisted for the Edward Burtinsky Grant in 2016.
Her work has appeared in a number of international publications like The New York Times Magazine, Le Monde, Wired and The New Yorker among others.
Birthe is a member of the Piece of Cake project.