" There is a clever combination of the intensely personal with the objective ... Johnson's [work]  is characterised by a clarity and expressive power that is seductive and embracing... Chinese Whispers and Other Stories is full of beautiful, evocative and conceptually enticing images. Some of these are outstanding and a tribute to the talents of the artists and to the selective intelligence of the curator." - The Canberra Times

" Chinese Whispers and Other Stories subtly shifts the labour of narrative-building from artist to audience. It simmers with questions, not just ‘Who am I?’ but ‘Who are you?’ or more pointedly, ‘Who are you to ask?’ It shatters stereotypes and rewards those who work patiently towards understanding. " - Pencilled In

In a dim light… successfully unravels mixed tones of emotion that tells of an influential and personal narrative.”  - Artist Profile

"While Pia Johnson's photographs of decrepit Shanghai neighbourhoods and architecture could have benefited from a larger format, her incisive compositions and unlikely spying of colour amid the rubble speaks of the places - and more implicitly, the people - that economic booms have a habit of forgetting." - The Age

 

 

SELECTION TO READ: FULL FEATURE INTERVIEWS, PROFILES AND REVIEWS

Midland Express, feature, August 2017

The Canberra Times, review, May 2017

Pencilled In, review May 2017

Frankie Magazine, interview, April 2017

Art Almanac, Chinese Whispers and Other Stories feature, April 2017

Art + Australia, Closing the Distance review, April 2017

Ballarat Courier, February 2017

Pia Johnson in conversation with Shen Wei, Photodust online, 1 Feb 2017

Photodust Artist Feature, 1 November 2016

Focus PhotoAccess, 10 February 2016

Common Ground Journal, 31 December 2015

Art Radar Journal, June 2015 (mention as artist to watch)

La Union, Mexico, 21 September 2015

L'Oeil de la Photographie (The Eye of Photography) online, 19 November 2014

Daily Imprint, 7 November 2014

Peril. Magazine online, 30 October 2014

Artist Profile magazine, August 2014

Dodho Magazine profile, August 2014

Artshub. When do selfies become art? 9 July 2013

Stockroom Kyneton Blog, 7 July 2013

Interview by Aloud. 27 June 2013

Milkbar magazine 'Photographer of the Week'. 26 April 2013

ABC Ballarat Foto Biennale Festival Take A Bow Prize (listed finalist), 4 October 2012

The Age A Creative Road to Recovery. 18 June 2012

3RRR interview on 'In Camera'. 18 June 2012

Tharunka review for Make Yourself at Home. February 2012

The Age Life and Style Dan Rule review for exhibition Mixed Media. 4 February 2012

The Age A Focus on Faith. 16 November 2010

To Dad with Love blog, exhibition review of Love, Loss and Intimacy, April 2010

Arthub profile. 29 April 2009