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Monika Sosnowska – Façade

Due to the epidemiological situation, the opening of Monika Sosnowska’s exhibition is postponed.

Galeria Labirynt, ul. Popiełuszki 5
Exhibition opening: 20/03/2020 (Friday) at 7:00 p.m.; opening is going to be translated into Polish sign language (PJM) and into English (admission free).
On display: till 31/10/2020 (Tue-Sun, 12:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)
Admission: PLN 2 / PLN 1
Curator: Waldemar Tatarczuk

In her artistic activity, Monika Sosnowska combines universal modernist form with elements of socialist construction that meet and interact with each other in a unique way. The artist is interested in utopias, errors and non-functional places. In her works, known architectural elements, such as corridors with panelling, balconies, ceilings, floors and walls, are subject to variations and changes that distort their perception. At Galeria Labirynt, “Façade”, one of Sosnowska’s monumental architectural installations, is going to be presented. This metal structure is over seven meters high, but has almost no weight. As an almost organic form it flows softly from the ceiling, high above the heads of viewers. Through its unobvious and discipline-free form, “Façade” in a perverse way reveals the creative process of the artist. Sosnowska originally made a small paper model that was easy to fold. In turn, the model was recreated in its final steel form. As a result, a unique, distinctive shape was created. It only refers to its original form with its scale and material. “Façade” is going to be shown for the first time in Poland. Previously, it was presented at the following exhibitions: “Regional Modernities” at ACCA, Melbourne (2013), “Architectonisation” at The Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto (2015) and during Sharjah Biennale 13, Dubai (2017).

Monika Sosnowska – born in 1972 in a town of Ryki (Poland). She lives and works in Warsaw. In the years 1993-1998 she studied at Faculty of Painting and Drawing of University of the Arts Poznań, she completed postgraduate studies at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. In 2003, she received the Bâloise Art Prize at Art Basel, and was also a laureate of Paszporty Polityki award. In 2007, she represented Poland at the 52nd International Art Exhibition in Venice with “1:1” project. Her works have been presented at numerous individual exhibitions, including at Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art in Israel; K21 in Düsseldorf; Museum of Modern Art in New York; Sprengel Museum in Hannover as well as during collective displays at MUMOK in Vienna, Centre Pompidou in Paris and Sculpture Centre in New York. She also participated, among others, in the 8th Biennale in Istanbul and Manifesta 4 in Frankfurt.

Aleksandra Skrabek, “Facade in Labirynt” – text accompanying the exhibition