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MONIKA WEISS
Monika Weiss Sustenazo
at Centre for Contemporary Art
Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, 2010

Monika Weiss is a Polish-American artist whose practice explores relationships between history and memory, time and space. Her process involves extensive research and collaboration with architects, historians, archivists and other specialists. In the words of British art critic Guy Brett, "Weiss creates an alternative experience of space and time, which is not end-driven but steady and enduring, establishing and deepening a human presence. Her work is a remarkable, individual counterpoint between technological media (video projection) and the ancient activity of drawing. Sound is also an important element, meticulously composed, which lifts the silent filmed actions into another emotional register."


Born in Warsaw in 1964, Monika Weiss lives and works in New York City. Her works have been exhibited both in the U.S. and internationally. Weiss' most recent solo exhibitions include Monika Weiss: Sustenazo at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (2010). In 2005, Lehman College Art Gallery, CUNY organized and published a comprehensive survey of the artist's work to date. Five Rivers was favorably reviewed in The New York Times. Other recent exhibitions include also Opening at Museum Montanelli, Prague (2010), Prisoner's Dilemma at Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami (2009), Women and Olympic Games at Frauenmuseum, Bonn (2009), On the Absence of Camps at Kunsthaus Dresden (2006) and Moment by Moment at North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks (2006).


Publications about the artist's work include Drawing Now: Between the Lines of Contemporary Art, I.B. Tauris, London (2007). Weiss' own writing has been published in such books and journals as New Realities: Being Syncretic, Springer Wien/New York (2009), and Technoetic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research, Intellect Ltd, London (2006). In 2009 the artist was awarded the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in interdisciplinary category. Monika Weiss's work is represented by Galerie Samuel Lallouz, Montreal and Remy Toledo Projects, New York and is featured in public collections such as Albertina Museum (Vienna) and Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (Miami).



SELECTED INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS
  • 2010 Sustenazo, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL
  • 2009 Conversation-the Begining, with Roland Schefferski, Centre for Contemporary Art Galeria EL, Elblag, PL
  • 2008 Marginalia, Galerie Samuel Lallouz, Montreal, CAN
  • 2007 Between Body and History, Galerie Samuel Lallouz, Montreal, CAN
  • 2006 Limen II, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • 2006 Between Body and Language, with Graciela Fuentes and Sara Mondiano, Remy Toledo Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2005 Five Rivers, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, New York, USA
  • 2005 Leukos-Early Morning Light, with Kaarina Kaikonen, Remy Toledo Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2005 Performing the Drawing, Galerie Samuel Lallouz, Montreal, CAN
  • 2005 Phlegethon-Milczenie, Inter-Galerie, Potsdam/Berlin, DE
  • 2004 Intervals, with Carolee Schneemann, Remy Toledo Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2004 Vessels, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA
  • 2002 Ennoia, with Stephen Vitiello, Diapason Gallery, New York, USA
  • 1998 Koiman, Space 1181 Art Center, Atlanta, USA
  • 1996 3 vrouwen, 3 naties, 3 visies, with Ulrike Hogrebe and Liselotte Schut, BMB Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
  • 1996 Saint Sebastian from Atlanta, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, USA
  • 1995 After, Galerie L'espace Degree, Luxemburg, LUX
  • 1994 Recent Works, Galerie BMB, Amsterdam, NL



  • SELECTED PUBLIC PROJECTS
  • 2009 Expulsion, ConcentArt, Berlin, DE
  • 2006 Drawing Lethe, World Financial Center Winter Garden/The Drawing Center, New York, USA
  • 2005 Between Presence and Performative Memory, Instytut Sztuki WYSPA, Gdansk, PL
  • 2005 Williamsburg Celebrates Performa05: Monika Weiss, Galeria Galou, Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • 2003 Drawing Room, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA



  • SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
  • 2010 Opening, Museum Montanelli, Prague, CZE
  • 2009 Perform Williamsburg, Urban Art Projects, New York, USA
  • 2009 The Prisoner's Dilemma, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), Miami, USA
  • 2008 Wa(h)re Kunst, ConcentArt, Berlin, DE
  • 2008 Independent Drawing New York, Artbreak Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • 2008 Frauen bei Olympia, FrauenMuseum, Bonn, DE
  • 2008 KRAJ, National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Opole, PL
  • 2008 DIVA Video and Digital Art Fair, New York, USA
  • 2008 Www.women, Headbones Gallery, Toronto, CAN
  • 2007 You Won't Feel a Thing, WYSPA Art Institute, Gdansk, PL
  • 2007 Cornice Art Fair, Venice, Italy, IT
  • 2007 Loneliness and Melancholy, Manchester College, Connecticut, USA
  • 2006 Moment by Moment, The North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, USA
  • 2006 Forms of Classification: Alternative Knowledge and Contemporary Art, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), Miami, USA
  • 2006 POZA, Real Art Ways, Hartford, USA
  • 2006 Polyphony of Images, Consulate General of Poland, New York, USA
  • 2006 You Won't Feel a Thing, Kunsthaus Dresden, DE
  • 2006 Codes of Culture, ArteBA, Buenos Aires, ARG
  • 2006 Spirit of Discovery,The Facto Foundation, Trancoso, Portugal, PT
  • 2006 Von der Abwesenheit des Lagers, Kunsthaus Dresden, DE
  • 2005 OMNIART, Miami Basel International Art Fair, Miami
  • 2005 Bayenale, The LAB Gallery, San Francisco
  • 2005 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Remy Toledo Gallery, New York
  • 2005 DIVA Video and Digital Art Fair, New York
  • 2004 Peekskill Project, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York
  • 2003 Harlem Art Project, Saatchi & Saatchi, New York, USA
  • 2003 12 Annual Art Artists Studio Tour, Art in General, New York, USA
  • 2003 The Sonic Self, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA
  • 2003 OHM 2, a performance in frequency, El Museo del Barrio, New York, USA
  • 2001 I/O Skin, Quotidian Gallery, San Francisco, USA



  • SELECTED BOOKS/CATALOGUES
  • 2010 Opening, Muzeum Montanelli, Prague
  • 2009 The Prisoner's Dilemma, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami
  • 2008 Frauen bei Olympia, FrauenMuseum, Bonn
  • 2008 POZA: On the Polishness of Polish Contemporary Art, Real Art Ways, Hartford
  • 2007 Drawing Now: Between the Lines of Contemporary Art, Loughborough University, UK
  • 2007 You Won't Feel a Thing: On panic, obsession, rituality and anesthesia, Kunstahaus Dresden/Wyspa Institute of Art, Dresden/Gdansk
  • 2006 Forms of Classification: Alternative Knowledge and Contemporary Art, Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, Miami
  • 2006 Von der Abwesenheit des Lagers, Kunsthaus Dresden
  • 2006 Monika Weiss: Five Rivers, Lehman College Art Gallery, City University of New York
  • 2005 Between Presence and Performative Memory, Panoptikum, Akademickie Centrum Kultury
  • 2004 Monika Weiss: Vessels, Chelsea Art Museum, New York



  • SELECTED INVITED LECTURES
  • 2009 Stony Brook University, New York
  • 2009 Sala Parpallo Centre for Contemporary Art, Valencia
  • 2008 White Columns, New York
  • 2008 Concordia University, Montreal
  • 2008 LABoral Centro de Arte y Creation Industrial, Gijon
  • 2007 Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato
  • 2007 Loughborough University
  • 2007 Real Art Ways, Hartford
  • 2006 McGill University, Montreal
  • 2005 APEXART, New York
  • 2005 The City and The Humanities, Lehman College, Bronx, New York
  • 2004 Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York
  • 2004 Location One & Chelsea Art Museum, New York
  • 2002 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • 2001 Nomads+Residents, Sixteen Beavers, New York
  • 2000 Eyedrum Gallery, Atlanta
  • 1998 Salomon Projects Gallery, Atlanta
  • 1997 Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta
  • 1996 Spelman College, Atlanta
  • 1996 Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah



  • SELECTED REVIEWS
  • 2010 The Prague Post
  • 2009 Esse-Arts + Opinions, 66, Montreal
  • 2009 Miami New Times/Art
  • 2008 The Warsaw Voice
  • 2007 Montreal Gazette
  • 2007 ARTnews
  • 2007 ArtNexus
  • 2006 The Hartford Courant
  • 2006 Sachisische Zeitung
  • 2006 ARTnews
  • 2006 La Revista Nueva, Buenos Aires
  • 2005 The New York Times
  • 2005 Afterimage
  • 2005 Kultur/Potsdamer Neuste Nachrichteni
  • 2005 Vie des Arts Montreal
  • 2004 New York Arts Magazine
  • 2000 Creative Loafing, Atlanta
  • 1999 Sculpture
  • 1999 Art Papers
  • 1998 Artnet.com Reviews
  • 1998 The Atlanta Journal/Constitution
  • 1995 Louxembourger Word
  • 1994 Alert: Galerie Agenda Amsterdam



  • GRANTS & RESIDENCIES
  • 2010 YADDO, Saratoga Springs, USA
  • 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work, USA
  • 2009 AIR Laboratory, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL
  • 2009 ConcentArt, Berlin
  • 2006 World Financial Center Winter Garden, New York, USA
  • 2006 The Facto Foundation, Trancoso, PT
  • 2005 Philip Guston and Musa McKim, YADDO, Saratoga Springs, USA
  • 2003 Experimental Intermedia Foundation, New York, USA
  • 2002 The School of Art Institute of Chicago, USA
  • 1997 Artists In Residence International (AIRI), Atlanta, USA
  • 1996 Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA
  • 1996 The Department of Cultural Affairs, The City of Savannah, USA
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