Frowst—a little-known English word more frequently used (though still uncommon)in Britain, where Piotrowska lives—refers to a warm, stuffy, claustrophobic atmosphere. And indeed, the subjects of Piotrowska’s Frowst series appear to be ill at ease in their closeness with one another. Some bodies are positioned so that they seem to merge; some depend on each other physically and perhaps emotionally, but in a way that is uncomfortable. The ambiguous nature of the actions of and the relationships between the people pictured, and their immense scale, make these images especially surreal.
Gallery label from Being: New Photography, 2018