Architecture, power, space, gender, surveillance, and authority are the issues that have animated Monica Bonvicini's work for the past two decades. Her installations, sculptures, drawings, and films often raise questions about how the built environment shapes, conditions, and controls viewers as subjects and, in the process, dictates our phenomenological, sexual, and psycho-social relationship to space. The book provides an overview of Bonvicini's artistic production reconsidering her past work, tracing its current trajectories, and creating geography that charts the terrain of the artist's attempts to embody and negotiate the very same architecture of history it challenges.
Italian-born, Berlin-based Bonvicini won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale (2001), the Kunst Preis in Berlin (2005), and the Roland Preis in Bremen (2012). Her work has been featured in the most prominent biennials, including Venice (2001, 2005 and 2011), Istanbul (2004), Gwangju (2006), New Orleans (2008), and Berlin (2003). Institutions, where she had solo exhibitions, include the Art Institute of Chicago (2009), the Kunstmuseum Basel (2009), the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel (2011), CAC Malaga (2011), and the Hamburger Deichtorhallen (2012).
Paperback, 160 pp, 200 illustrations, 290 x 250 mm