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MONIKA WIECHOWSKA


Images from Wiechowska's visit to the country of Georgia in the Caucasus depict mystifying, deserted and dilapidated homes that show signs of past splendor, and that both emanate nostalgia and are oddly timeless. The artist's impression was that these sites existed outside of any specific time, which reminded her of other places and emotions. As a result, she proceeded to juxtapose her Georgian images with photographs she had taken both earlier and later. Maybe those portraying dead game and those depicting worn-out elements of decoration applied over the last century in a park in Chorzow - all immersed in lush vegetation - best embody the vision of anxiety or disorder that the artist reveals through layers of individual memory.


Monika Wiechowska was born in 1976 in Szczecin, Poland. She lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In 1998 she studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, from 1995-1999 at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy of Art and Design in Amsterdam, and 2000-2002 at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.


Selected individual exhibitions: Potocka Gallery, Krakow (2006); Somnambule, CCA "Zamek Ujazdowski", Warsaw (2004); The Public Odyssey, Pomeranian Castle, National Museum, Szczecin; Untitled, Gallery Fotohof, Salzburg (2003); The Garden - Playstation, Gallery Fons Welters, Amsterdam (2002); Solo, Amsterdams Centrum voor Fotografie, Amsterdam (2001).


Selected group exhibitions: Iconica, Museo Patio Herreriano, Valladolid (Spain); Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam (both 2006); Egocentric. Immoral. Outmoded, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw; Contemporary identities, National Museum in Szczecin (Poland); Contemporary identities: Photography in Poland Today, Museum of Photography, Saloniki (Greece) (all in 2005); The Perpetual Summer, Motive Gallery Amsterdam; Anna, Maria, Magdalena: Photographie polonaise contemporaine, Apollonia Art Exchanges, Strasbourg; The Private Landscapes, ACF Amsterdams Centrum voor Fotografie, Amsterdam (all in 2004); Link, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2003); Polish photography, Gallery Fotohof, Salzburg; Look at me, novart.pl, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow; It's a hang, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (all in 2002).









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