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

 

2017
Explaining Dance to a Machine , Galerie Sfeir-Semler Hamburg

2015
Inside the Thing is Nothing , Salt Walter, 14th Istanbul Biennial, Pera Museum, Istanbul

2014
Semiwild , Museum of Cultures, Basel

2010
Body Riot , Bollag Project Room, Basel

2000
Biohazards , The Drawing Center, New York

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2018
Metamorphoses - Let Everything Happen to You, Castello Di Rivoli, Italy

2016
BLIND DATE , Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut
1000m2 of desire , Center of Contemporary Cultura, Barcelona
Art-Music-Dance , Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp

2015
Lodgers , MUHKA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp

2012
Nos hicimos la ilusion de avanzar directamente , Espai Cultural, Caja Madrid, Barcelona

2010
David Adamo and Ania Soliman , Nelson Freeman Gallery, Paris
Whitney Biennial , Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

2008
HYBRID III: Eurographic, a Cultural Bridge Across Europe, Cartwright Gallery, Bradford, England

2006
Salad Days , Artists Space, New York
When artists say "WE" , Artists Space, New York

2002
Inscribing the temporal , 3 New York artists' collectives, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna
25th Anniversary Exhibition , The Drawing Center, New York

 

Awards and Residencies

 

2015
Adam Mickiewicz Foundation
AIR Antwerp / MUHKA

2009
Laurenz Foundation Residency, Basel

2005
Skowhegan Residency

1999
Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art