monica bonvicini

Monica Bonvicini was born in Venice in 1965. In 1986, she moved to Berlin where she did her training and where she continues to live and work. Through the use of very different mediums – ranging from drawing to collage, from video to sculpture, to urban installations – Bonvicini seeks to unravel the relationships between space, power and gender. Her works invite the viewer to establish a physical dialogue with the works, with which they can often interact, sometimes walking or lying on them, or by simply touching them. The act of de-constructing, of dismantling, is a distinctive element in this artist’s work, and it is used as a tool to challenge political or media power. With this in mind, objects of daily use become the means through which she affirms her own ability to act. She has participated in numerous exhibitions at international institutions and museums, including The Porn Identity at the Kuntshalle in Vienna (2009), Political Minimal at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin (2009), and The New Décor at the Hayward Gallery in London (2010). She has received numerous awards and participated in such international art biennials as the 1999 Venice Biennale, where she won the Golden Lion, and the 2003 Istanbul Biennial. In 2005, she received an award for contemporary art from the NationalGallerie in Berlin, which dedicated a personal exhibition to her at the Hamburger Bahnhof.

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