Biography of Monika Sosnowska
Monika Sosnowska's primary concern and medium of choice is space, be it of a physical, architectural, structural, or mental nature. Her perception-distorting site-specific installations reveal the artist's talent for framing existing space in intelligent and unforeseen ways. Her Kafkaesque Corridor, 2003, consisted of a seemingly endless series of doors through which the viewers could pass. The hallway, however, became increasingly smaller and more cramped as the visitor moved through it, thus creating a sense of unease and claustrophobia as well as demonstrating how inextricably linked architectural space is with psychological states.
Monika Sosnowska's continual play on proportion, ratio, and relations between three-dimensional objects has resulted in intriguing constructions such as 1:1, 2007, where the artist forced two buildings to coexist in the same space, wedging a modern structure inside the Polonia Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale, making for an uneasy symbiosis between two stylistically disparate edifices. Typically creating environments that jar with our own sense of logic, rationality, and understanding of gravity, the artist is fascinated by impossible spatial situations and brings these to the fore in her very own brand of installation art.
Born in 1972, Monika Sosnowska lives and works in Warsaw. She was the winner of the Bâloise Prize at Art Basel in 2003 and in the following year was awarded a stipend at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. Sosnowska's work has been shown all over the world, in institutions such as the Centre Pompidou, K21 Düsseldorf, and the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam. She has also exhibited at several Venice Biennales, having the honor of representing Poland in 2007.