Atia Pokorny, a native of Prague, has lived and worked in Toronto since 1982. A graduate in Architectural Engineering from Czech Technical University, she has changed her career after coming to Canada and has worked as a conservator of works of art and sculpture.
In her photography practice, she draws on a lifetime of professional engagement with art and architecture. Through her work she likes to tell stories and her common theme is usually examination of memory, of what is remembered and what is imagined. This conceptual approach often leads to experimenting with various techniques. She manipulates her photographs by cutting and folding or by transforming them into two- or three-dimensional collages.
Pokorny is a member of Gallery 44, Centre for Contemporary Photography in Toronto. She has participated in a number group exhibitions and had a solo show in 2016 in Gallery 44 Members Gallery. Her work is owned by many private collectors.
"Space Revisited", Gallery 44 Members' Gallery, fall 2016
"Spectra" (former 'Ellipsis'), annual Gallery44 members group exhibitions as part of
Scotiabank CONTACT photography festival: 2016 - 2021, Artscape Youngplace and Gallery 1313
"Invisible Cities" (curated by Jessica Thalmann), G44 members, Gallery 1313, 2021
"Selfreflections3", a 3-person exhibition in Remote Gallery, 2020
"Promise of Seikishu", Propeller Gallery, 2019
"Memory Lab", Gallery 44 Members' Gallery, January 2019
'On Process and Practice', Gallery 44 Production Gallery, 2017
"365" Gallery 44, members' new work, annually
"All that Stays Warm in the Memory" (curated by Clint Roenisch), Propeller Gallery, 2015
RMG Exposed, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, 2020, 2019, 2018
Salon 44 (former Photopia), Gallery 44, 2021, and 2019 - 2015
SNAP Toronto, 2021, 2019, 2018, 2015
Timeraiser, The Power Plant, Toronto 2018