Ania Soliman is an Egyptian/Polish/American artist who grew up in Baghdad and currently lives and works in Paris.
She depicts objects that have been frozen in circulation—either externally (in markets, museums, symbolic systems) or internally (in language, traumatic structures, even drawings themselves). Often the result of multiple repetitions, her works function as icons—symbols of something unconscious being worked out in an almost mechanical fashion through physical engagement with the image. This process of nature becoming machine and machine becoming nature is one of her primary subjects, and the fundamentally machinic aspect of language is particularly fascinating to her. In order to engage directly with the live circulation of language, she has recently begun to develop a series of lecture performances that connect to her drawing practice.
Ania Soliman attended Harvard College and Columbia University before participating in the Whitney Independent Study program. Her work has been exhibited at the Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2018), the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg (2016), the Museum of Contemporary Art at Antwerp (2015), the Whitney Biennial (2010), the 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015), the Museum der Kulturen in Basel (2014 ) and the Drawing Center in New York (2000). She has recently done lecture-performances at the Global Art Forum in Dubai and Singapore and at Blockbase in Davos.



Selected Solo Exhibitions


Explaining Dance to a Machine , Galerie Sfeir-Semler Hamburg

Inside the Thing is Nothing , Salt Walter, 14th Istanbul Biennial, Pera Museum, Istanbul

Semiwild , Museum of Cultures, Basel

Body Riot , Bollag Project Room, Basel

Biohazards , The Drawing Center, New York


Selected Group Exhibitions


Metamorphoses - Let Everything Happen to You, Castello Di Rivoli, Italy

BLIND DATE , Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut
1000m2 of desire , Center of Contemporary Cultura, Barcelona
Art-Music-Dance , Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp

Lodgers , MUHKA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp

Nos hicimos la ilusion de avanzar directamente , Espai Cultural, Caja Madrid, Barcelona

David Adamo and Ania Soliman , Nelson Freeman Gallery, Paris
Whitney Biennial , Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

HYBRID III: Eurographic, a Cultural Bridge Across Europe, Cartwright Gallery, Bradford, England

Salad Days , Artists Space, New York
When artists say "WE" , Artists Space, New York

Inscribing the temporal , 3 New York artists' collectives, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna
25th Anniversary Exhibition , The Drawing Center, New York


Awards and Residencies


Adam Mickiewicz Foundation
AIR Antwerp / MUHKA

Laurenz Foundation Residency, Basel

Skowhegan Residency

Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art