Landscape of Comfort
Performance by Rachel Monosov
© XO Curatorial Projects
Saturday, 11 June 2022, 7 – 8pm
Rathausvorplatz / Town Hall Square
Within the Landscape of Comfort, we will collectively explore the human body's adaptation to structures and objects. Objects that purportedly give freedom to movement, here may create confusion and frustration, inviting and imposing sets of habitual, if unnatural, behaviors. The performance questions how the endless shift between comfort to discomfort embodies resistance to surrendering to the power structure.
Dancers: Camilla Brogaard, Tamar Grosz
Singer: Julia Shelkovskaia
Musician: Pablo Ritter
Rachel Monosov works in performance, photography, video, and sculpture. By delving into cultural notions of alienation, territorial belonging, and identity, she reflects on a rootless present rife with broader social implications. She constructs entire worlds around her subjects, which function pursuant to their own set of laws. Her personal biography is weaved throughout, loading the work with social and political concepts echoing historical events.
Monosov holds two MFAs from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Ghent, Belgium, and her BA is from Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem, Israel.
Since 2017, Monosov’s work has been included in exhibitions at BOZAR and Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens in Belgium, Kunsthaus Hamburg and Bundeskunsthalle Bonn in Germany, Art Institute of Chicago, National Museum of Art in Bucharest, National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare, Serlachius Museums in Finland, Palazzo delle Espozitioni in Rome; and in three international Biennales: 11th Bamako Biennale, 13th Biennale of Dakar, and the Zimbabwe Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale. In 2019, she mounted her first solo museum exhibition at Tarble Arts Center in Illinois. She was awarded the German Academy in Rome Praxisstipendium, two grants from the Goethe Institut, the Northern Trust Purchase Prize, and was shortlisted for the Mack First Book Award. Her work has been acquired into the permanent collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, Block Museum at Northwestern University, and the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.
Monosov is a co-founder of the CTG Collective, she grew up in Israel, studied in the USA and Belgium, and currently lives and works in Berlin.