Piotr Piasta is a visual artist, an independent filmmaker and a photographer. Piotr was born in 1981 in Brudnow village, Wieniawa district, Poland, where he currently lives and works. In his art works he concentrates on themes of history, time and memory. During years 2000 – 2002 he studied Arts Education at the Polytechnic in Radom, during years 2002 - 2009 he studied Art Critic at the University of Arts, Poznan, Poland. He is a co-author of a documentary film „Happened Here”, screened during Holocaust Memorial Day in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK (2011). In 2012 after 10 month residency at Library and Cultural Centre in Wieniawa, he directed film „Songs Poems Rituals”, which had its premiere in the Museum of Oskar Kolberg in Przysucha, Poland (May 2013). Since 2014 he has been working on 'Last Object' series of videos which is a collection of portraits of old people who live in a rural areas in central Poland. Films from this series were shown during 'Filmideo 2014' at Index Art Center in Newark, USA; exhibited during 6th namaTREba Biennial in Trebinje, Bosnia & Herzegovina as well as ArtvideoKOELN at TENRI – German-Japanese Cultural Centre in Cologne, ProxyAct Festival in London, Harvest Film Festival at Open School East in London, where one of the films - 'Piorun Stanislaw from Brudnow' won 2nd prize in the category of experimental/artist films

He was Berwick Visual Arts artist in residence in partnership with the Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University between October 2014 and March 2015. As a result of that he released a series of short films - 'The Realm of Forgotten Existence' exhibited in Granary Gallery in Berwick-upon-Tweed with patronate of Polish Culture Institute in London (May-July 2015). Films from the series were shown in such seftivals as: 10° Streaming Festival in Milan, CÓDEC/Festival de Vídeo y Creaciones Sonoras in Mexico City, IntimaLente Visual Ethnographic Film Festival in Maddaloni, XpoNorth Creative Industries Festival in Inverness, Scotland, Hackney Attic Film Festival in London.

Forthcoming:
- 'Piorun Stanislaw from Brudnow' will be part of Museum Romeinse Katakomben Film and Video Art Festival 'Miracles' in Valkenburg aan de Geul, Netherlands (18-25 October).
- 'John' from 'The Realm of Forgotten Existence' series will be on display at ProxyAct International Film Festival, Berlin, Germany (21-22 October).

Major achievements:
2017
- 12. MFSW inSPIRACJE 2017 / Breathtaking, group exhibition at TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art, Szczecin, Poland (second prize).
- 'Piorun Stanislaw from Brudnow' exhibited at Summer Salon at LUBOMIROV / ANGUS-HUGHES in London, United Kingdom.
- 'Piorun Stanislaw from Brudnow' as part of Mr.Mov Video Art Festival in Brescia, Italy.
- 'Piorun Stanislaw from Brudnow' at LATERALE FILM FESTIVAL in Cinema San Nicola, Cosenza, Italy.
- 'Piorun Stanislaw from Brudnow' was part of Facade Video Festival in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
– 'The Realm of Forgotten Existence' was part of Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival, Bristol, United Kingdom.
- 'Portrait' group exhibition at CICA MUSEUM, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.
- 'The Realm of Forgotten Existence' took part in Montreal Underground Film Festival, Canada.
- 'Piorun Stanislaw from Brudnow' screened at aDifferent festival, Milwaukee, US.
- 'Piorun Stanislaw from Brudnow' included in Toronto Indie Doc Fest, Canada.

2016
- 'Piorun Stanislaw from Brudnow' took part in VAFA 2016 at Orient Foundation, Macau.
- 'Piorun Stanislaw from Brudnow' was included in official selection of IntimaLente / Intimate Lens - Visual Ethnographic Film Festival in Maddaloni, Caserta Dist., Italy.

- 'Piorun Stanislaw from Brudnow' was part of AVI Festival (Art Video International), curated by Ynin Shillo, The Israeli Film Museum, Jerusalem, Israel.
- 'Thelma' from 'The Realm of Forgotten Existence' series included in The Short Circuit | Experimental Film Night screening under the theme of CHANGE; programmed by Jayne Wilson, Brighton, United Kingdom.
- 'The Realm of Forgotten Existence' took part in the Polish Competition during Szczecin European Film Festival, Szczecin, Poland.
- 'Thelma' from 'The Realm of Forgotten Existence' series included in Lunenburg Doc Fest in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada.
- 'Tom' from 'The Realm of Forgotten Existence' series shown at Hackney Attic Film Festival in London, United Kingdom.
- 'John' from 'The Realm of Forgotten Existence' series took part in the Tasmanian International Video Art Festiva, curated by Darryl Rogers in the city of Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
- 'Tom' from 'The Realm of Forgotten Existence' series shown at XpoNorth Creative Industries Festival in Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom.
- 'Piorun Stanislaw from Brudnow' shown at ProxyAct Festival in Deptford Cinema, London, United Kingdom.
- 'Tom' from 'The Realm of Forgotten Existence' series part of ELECTROFRINGE - experimental electronic and new media art festival, 107 Projects, Sydney, Australia.
- 'Piorun Stanislaw from Brudnow' at The Short Circuit | Experimental Film Night programmed by Jayne Wilson, Brighton, United Kingdom.
- 'Piorun Stanislaw from Brudnow' released on VHS Mixtape Volume 1, curated by Julianna Thomas and Yates, Atlanta, GA, USA.
- 'Format maksymalny A?' group exhibition curated by Ewa Banaszczyk at Mazovian Centre of Contemporary Art 'Elektrownia', Radom, Poland.
- Artist Talk during the Night of Museums at The Ethnographic Museum of Oskar Kolberg in Przysucha, Poland.
- 'Exposure' - music video for Roy's Iron DNA included in Handmade Festival in Leicester, United Kingdom.
- 'Piorun Stanislaw from Brudnow' presented by Galleri CC at Supermarket Art Fair 2016, Stockholm, Sweden.
- 'Stysiak/Piasta – Existence', solo exhibition with Marta Stysiak at Galeria 58 curated by Edyta Jaworska-Kowalska and Weronika Elertowska, Radom, Poland.
- 'Thelma' from 'The Realm of Forgotten Existence' series as part of IntimaLente Visual Ethnographic Film Festival in Maddaloni, Caserta Dist., Italy.

2015
- 'Exposure' - music video for Roy's Iron DNA included in official selection of Experimental Superstars in Novi Sad, Serbia.
- 'Piorun Stanislaw from Brudnow' as part of 'LOOP - A video art marathon' at Galleri CC (CirkulationsCentralen's gallery) in collaboration with Swedish Film Institute, Malmö, Sweden.
- 'Tom' from 'The Realm of Forgotten Existence' series as part of the 10° Streaming Festival, Milan, Italy.
- 'Piasta Jozef from Posada' as part of Family Film Project, Porto, Portugal.
- 'Tom' from 'The Realm of Forgotten Existence' series as part of CÓDEC/Festival de Vídeo y Creaciones Sonoras, Mexico City, Mexico.
- 'Willie' from 'The Realm of Forgotten Existence' series and 'Piorun Stanislaw from Brudnow' as part of Harvest Film Festival at Open School East, Hackney, London, UK.
- Harvest Film Festival at Lower Hewood Farm, Dorset, UK; curated by Maria Benjamin - 'Piorun Stanislaw from Brudnow from the series Last Object' wins 2nd prize in the category of experimental/artist film.
- 'Exposure' - music video for Roy's Iron DNA included in the official selection at Queen City Film Festival at Allegany Allied Arts, Cumberland, Maryland, US.
- 'Piotr Piasta | The Realm of Forgotten Existence' solo exhibition at Granary Gallery with Berwick Visual Arts in Berwick upon Tweed, UK.
- October 2014 – March 2015 - Artist in Residence at Berwick Visual Arts in Berwick upon Tweed in partnership with the Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University, UK.
- ArtvideoKOELN – audiovisual experiences 01, curated by Wilfried de Agricola at TENRI – German-Japanese Cultural Centre Cologne, Germany.

2014
- Artist Talk at ISIS Arts, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
- 6th namaTREba Biennial in Trebinje, curated by Stevan Kojić, Igor Bošnjak, Nada Arnaut, Bosnia & Herzegovina.
- 'One Street, Thousand Memories' - cross-generational multimedia workshops run through September to October in three villages: Wieniawa, Wrzos and Bierwce, Poland. In cooperation with Association of Local Action Group „Together for Radomka”.
- 'Piorun Stanislaw from Brudnow' shown during Filmideo 2014 curated by Amanda Thackray and Karl Erickson at Index Art Center in Newark, USA.
- Saurebaum’ Sour tree’, pre –production of documentry about art - small holding and cheese production in rural Warmia in Poland.
- "Last Object" series commisioned and shown at MOK Gallery in Olsztyn as a part of "Still Lifes" exhibition, curated by Joanna Tekla Woźniak, Poland.
- "Songs Poems Rituals" shown at Mazovian Centre of Contemporary Art “Elektrownia". "A4 format" group exhibition curated by Ewa Banaszczyk and Mariusz Jończy, Radom, Poland.
- Production of a film documenting Marta Stysiak's exhibition „Just Friends” in Obok Gallery ZPAF in Warsaw, Poland.
- "Ferie w Kadrze" – workshop idea and managment, Cultural Centre in Wieniawa, Poland.

2013
- „Urban Docufictions. Extraordinary Map of Olsztyn” curated by Joanna Tekla Woźniak at BWA Gallery in Olsztyn, Poland.
- Premiere of "Songs Poems Rituals" at the Museum of Oskar Kolberg in Przysucha, Poland.
- Screening of "Songs Poems Rituals" in Cultural Centre in Wieniawa, Poland.

2012
- 10 months residency, research and development of "Songs Poems Rituals" project at Library and Cultural Centre at Wieniawa, leading to film production and various screenings. Funded by European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
- Supercharged. Talk with Sabina Sallis, Newcastle upon Tyne. Made for Artist Talk European Platform.
- "Together we make the history" - exhibition of photo-archives of Wieniawa's inhabitants. Public Library, Wieniawa, Poland.

2011
- Work on a documentary film about artists of performance art “Observers” - pre-production.
- Screening of "Happened Here" during Holocaust Memorial Day in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.

2010
- „Happened Here” screened during Media Travel Festival in Lodz, Poland.
- "Nature tots" - photo documentation for Scotswood Natural Community Garden, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

2009
- Premiere of „Happened Here” in Cultural Centre in Wieniawa, Poland.

2009 – 2011
Close cooperation with Marta Stysiak under the name of – OPERATORFILM. The collective was engaged in creating of short documentaries, reportages from art areas, journalism and history.