Jošt Franko is a visual artist and photographer interested in examining long-term and in-depth stories of marginalized groups and individuals. His artistic practice and research is focused on  displacement, migrations, worker’s rights and individuals and communities on fringes of society. 


Franko’s work focuses on foreign and domestic social issues through interdisciplinary projects dealing with concealed, overlooked, and invisible topics. His practice is primarily based in photography, video, installations, collage, and text. He has obtained a Masters’ degree from Goldsmiths, London and is a PhD candidate in artistic research at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.


Franko is the 2023 recipient of The Aftermath Project grant, multiple Pulitzer Center grants, a TED Fellowship, has received recognition by Duke University’s Documentary Essay Prize, and has been a two time finalist of the Lange-Taylor Prize.


His work was among others exhibited in various museums and festivals in Slovenia and abroad, including the New York Photo Festival (2010), Finnish Museum of Photography (2017), Format International Photography Festival (2017), Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška (2019), Museum of Modern Art Klagenfurt (2020), and Museum of Contemporary Art Ljubljana +MSUM (2020). 


His work was profiled by numerous national and international media outlets, including TIME Magazine (Jošt Franko, The Young Slovenian), The New Yorker (Jost Franko’s Disappearing Slovenia), The New York Times, La Repubblica, Washington Post, Delo, Dnevnik, Sobotna priloga, Mladina. In 2010, Franko won the Slovenia Press Photo photo-essay of the year award and later on joined VII Photo Agency’s Mentor Program as the youngest member ever to be affiliated with VII.