Monosov, Rachel
Born 1987 in Saint Petersburg, Russia
Lives and works in Ghent, Belgium
Bridging photography, video, performance and sculpture, Russian-born Rachel Monosov delves into cultural notions of alienation, territorial belonging, gender and identity. Nature serves as a source for the artist’s imagery and objects, which can be interpreted as both symbolic and indexical. While her early practice focused on autobiographical works steeped in the desire to grapple with her personal history, in recent years her work has reflected a rootless present rife with broader social implications. Monosov works on a project basis, each year producing several bodies of work with a multiplicity of themes and methodologies. Together, the works speak on socio-political issues related to territory as geography and body. Monosov has exhibited at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe (2016) and at Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Belgium (2017). In the past year, she has completed four residency programs including at Villa Lena, Italy and Triangle Arts Association, New York. Monosov is a co-founder of the CTG Collective.
Rachel Monosov and Admire Kamudzengerere, A. with his first son on Friday afternoon, Aug 31, 1972, 2017, Archival print, 12 x 18 inches, Edition of 15 + 2 AP. Courtesy Cantinca Tabacaru