Warsaw-based Monika Sosnowska builds architectural forms in response to specific spaces, then manipulates them, collapsing, deflating, and squeezing the work into alternate settings. By changing or removing the contextual information, she creates a disorienting effect, heightening our awareness of form and space. In an attempt to highlight the everyday banality of the physical areas we inhabit, she questions the afterlife of architecture, and recalls the historical moments the buildings were meant to embody, as well as their idealistic futility.
Sosnowska attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland, from 1993 to1998, before participating in various residency programs, including a study at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, from 1999 to 2000, and a residency at S-AIR, in Sapporo, Japan, in 2002. Solo exhibitions include Projects 83, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York (2006) and Sprengel Museum, Hanover, Germany (2006). Sosnowska also represented Poland at the Venice Biennale 2007 in Italy. Group exhibitions include Les Promesses du Passé, Pompidou-Musee National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France (2010); Monika Sosnowska/Andrea Zittel, Schaulager, Munchenstein/Basel, Switzerland (2008); and Stay Forever and Ever and Ever, South London Gallery, England (2007).