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


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