Jošt Franko

Jošt Franko (1993, Ljubljana) is a photographer and visual artist researching migrations, forced displacement, workers’ rights, counter-narratives, and communal deliberations of precarious lives. Using photography, text, fieldwork, and collaborations as a form of engagement with social issues, his artistic practice focuses on the many lost, unspoken, or unheard narratives of displaced communities in the Balkan Peninsula.

Franko is the recipient of The Aftermath Project Prize, TED Fellowship, and multiple Pulitzer Center grants and has received recognition from Duke University’s Documentary Essay Prize. His work has been exhibited internationally in museums and festivals, including the New York Photo Festival (2010), the Finnish Museum of Photography (2017), the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška (2019), the Museum of Modern Art Klagenfurt (2020), Museum of Contemporary Art Ljubljana +MSUM (2020), etc. Franko’s work has appeared in numerous national and international media outlets, including e-Flux, TIME Magazine (Jošt Franko, The Young Slovenian), The New Yorker (Jost Franko’s Disappearing Slovenia), The New York Times (A Glimpse of the Workers Who Make Our Clothes), La Repubblica, Washington Post, Delo, PDN, NPR, etc.

He holds a Master’s degree from Goldsmiths and is a PhD candidate at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.