Agnieszka Piotrowska is a British (Polish born) award winning filmmaker, author and theorist.  She is particularly well known for her iconic documentary Married to the Eiffel Tower (2008) . She worked for many years for the BBC, Channel 4, Channel Five, National Geographic and Discovery before in 2012 obtaining her PhD at Birkbeck, University of London, in psychoanalysis and film under the supervision of Stephen Frosh and Laura Mulvey.  Her book based on the thesis Psychoanalysis and Ethics in Documentary Film (2014) interrogates transference and asymmetrical power relationships– themes that recur throughout her creative and academic work.

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photo: Katarzyna Krajewska Turyczyn

Since 2012 Piotrowska has embarked on a series of films and theatre work set in Harare, Zimbabwe, based on her de-colonial research funded by the British Council, the British Academy and the European Union. The work explores the dynamics of history, identity, memory and gender-relations with films such as Escape (2016) or Repented (2019).

Piotrowska is a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy with particular interest in PhD supervision. Her work has been exploring the relationship between creative practice research and theory.  Her books include Black and White: Cinema, Politics and the Arts in Zimbabwe (Routledge, 2017) , Creative Practice Research in the Age of Neo-Liberal Hopelessness (2020) , The Nasty Woman and the neo femme fatale in contemporary cinema (2019) as well as films and video essays.

Piotrowska is currently completing a creative research project funded by Strategic England Research 2021 in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh.

Piotrowska has also contributed to non-academic publications and blogs including Times Higher. Since 2013 Piotrowska has co-coordinated the international research initiative Psychoanalysis in Our Time resulting in symposia, presentations and publications. Between 2014-2020 she served as a member of the Executive Committee of the British Association for Film and Screen Studies and the Chair for the Practice Research Awards within BAFTSS.

Piotrowska was the Reader in Film Theory and Practice at the University of Bedfordshire between 2012-2020. She was the of Head of Film, Media and Performing Arts at the University for the Creative Arts in 20/21. She is a Professorial Fellow at Oxford Brookes and Professor of Film and Cultural Studies at the Gdansk University, Poland.

She is Co-Director of the Visible Evidence 2022 Conference.