Machine memory (rainforest 2), 2019

Machine memory (rainforest 2), 2019
Encaustic, pigment and pencil on paper
200 x 152cm

Ania Soliman is an Egyptian/ Polish /American artist who grew up in Baghdad, and currently lives in Paris. She makes large scale drawings based on digitized imagery and archival material, while also working with text, performance, video and installation.
Her research-based practice focuses on processes of translation between different cultures and their representations. She is especially interested in how this determines our relationships, both real and imaginary, between nature and technology.
Through processes of tracing, desaturating, smudging, coloring, and embellishing, she transforms source materials into layered drawings that often repeat a motif since they represent the action of conflicting ideas working themselves out. Her works function as icons for unconscious negotiations between our bodies and the culturally determined languages that occupy our minds.
Ania Soliman’s 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), among other venues, and she has recently done lecture-performances at the Global Art Forum in Dubai and Singapore. She attended Harvard College and Columbia University before participating in the Whitney Independent Study Program. In 2010 she was awarded the Laurenz-Haus residency in Basel, Switzerland.

 

 

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