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Monika Sosnowska: Loop
by Will Bradley, Adam Budak, Friedemann Malsch
Walther Konig, bilingual edition, July 2007

Polish artist Monika Sosnowska makes works with space and about space, so that space becomes an experience, and attributes such as "narrow" or "wide," "closed" or "open," "low" or "high" are experienced sensuously and emotionally.

The catalogue was published on the occasion of the ‘Loop’ exhibition in the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein in Vaduz, February 16 - May 6, 2007

In her installations, which echo the formal language of the constructivist avant-garde, the minimal and conceptual tendencies of the 60s and the 70s, as well as the heritage of modernist architecture, Monika Sosnowska constructs a physical and conceptual labyrinth, a post-narrative, inner world of spatiality, staged in a sequence of interventions that emphasize space’s virtualities and potentials. Here, in this complex and powerful investigation of our spatial perception, a particular surgery is being applied to a body of space and its cultural articulation, architecture. Space and its parameters – size, dimensions, scale, plans, topology – are being altered, shifted, and possibly confused and manipulated in order to generate a very unique, unusual experience of spatial habitat and to sharpen our perception of it, outside of our common reality and its habits. With her intimate geometry, Sosnowska experiments with our senses and emotions, making us aware of psychosomatic, hidden qualities of space, which in her highly performative installations are personified and animated. Between Kafkaesque oppression and a desire to liberate space, there is a sublime and uncanny spatial environment, rendered – sometimes very playfully – on the edge between dream-like imagery and everyday familiar experience.

Sosnowska’s monumental architectural intervention, Loop, developed specially for the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein in Vaduz in a collaboration with one of the architects of the museum building, Christian Kerez – as a flexible but controlled space with a deconstructive twist and its unusual processing of memory – is an attempt to confront modernist, universalized patterns and to escape the given dimensions in a radical act of constructing a subjective space, a sensual, partly oneiric, mental shell of contemplation and desire. Welcome to a seance of phenomenological spatio-therapy!

Monika Sosnowska was born in 1972 in Ryki, Poland. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, and currently she lives and works in Warsaw. Her recent exhibitions include shows at MoMA, New York; Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne; Freud Museum Vienna; Serpentine Gallery London; De Appel, Amsterdam. Sosnowska participated in Manifesta 4 (Frankfurt), 8th Istanbul Biennale, Venice Biennale 2003. She also represented Poland at the Venice Biennale 2007.