Rachel Monosov

b. 1987 in St Petersburg, Russia

Conceptual Berlin-based artist working in performance, photography, video, and sculpture. By delving into cultural notions of alienation, territorial belonging, and identity, she reflects a rootless present rife with broader social implications. Her personal biography is weaved throughout her practice, 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. Monosov’s work has been included in numerous museum exhibitions including at BOZAR in Brussels Belgium; Kunsthaus in Hamburg, Germany and the Art Institute of Chicago in the US. She co-authored several projects with Zimbabwean artist Admire Kamudzengerere including their stunning performance-based photo project 1972 and the performance Transcultural Protocol which was shown at the Zimbabwe Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale; at the 2017 Bamako biennale and the Thalie Foundation, Belgium (2017). She was awarded the German Academy in Rome Praxisstipendium as well as grants from the Goethe Institut and the Northern Trust Purchase Prize. 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.