Ania Soliman

Ania Soliman, Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut, 2022Ania Soliman, Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut, 2022

Ania Soliman is an Egyptian, Polish, and 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 Kunsthaus Bregenz (2020), the Drawing Center in New York (2020), 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), 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

2022 terraform, Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut
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

2021 100 Drawings from now, Drawing Center, New York, USA
2020 Unprecedented Times, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria
WHERE THE LEMONS BLOOM…, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
2019 Age of You, Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, Toronto, Canada
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