︎      Monika Gabriela Dorniak

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Monika Dorniak’s practice implies the weaving of connections between media, senses, agencies, disciplines, materialities, technologies, localities and temporalities, through the means of performance, (textile) sculpture, workshop, sound, video and photography. Primary subjects of the artists projects and practice-based research are the human condition and interdependence between agencies in the Anthropocene – while sourcing from contemporary events, the artist refrains from the accelerated temporality of our fast-paced world by practicing rituals and ‘rhythms of resistance’ day-to-day. The personal experiences of growing up between Germany and Poland in an agricultural-artisanal-social work environment impacted Dorniak’s practice, as much as her families past experience of forced displacement under the Soviet occupations. Throughout her practice she has collaborated with dancers, stones and other more-than-human agencies, sound makers, activists, a nurse, a psychologist, philosophers, physicists, neurologists, a farmer, designers, architects, photographers and journalists.

As an artist she has presented her works at international institutions, such as Drugo Mare in Rijeka (2022), Uferstudios Berlin (2021), Kommunale Galerie Bärenzwinger in Berlin (2019), Tate Exchange at Tate Modern London (2017 & 2018), Arts Catalyst in London (2016), Foreign Affairs Festival at Berliner Festspiele (2014), and as guest lecturer at SOAS University of London (2022), Garage Museum in Moscow (2019), Al-Quds Bard College in Palestine (2018), and Chelsea College in London (2017). Dorniak’s practice-based Bachelor-research and work experience in fashion design, psychology, choreography and dance was concluded in Dorniak’s Master Degree in Art and Science (Department Fine Art), that she obtained from the Central Saint Martins in London (2017).

Photograph by Anna Perepechai

2015-2017    MA Art and Science / Central Saint Martins / UAL / London / UK
2014-2015    BA Dance/Choreography / HZT / University of Arts Berlin / Germany
2011-2013    BA Psychology / Universität Trier / Germany
2008-2010   BA Fashion Design / University of Westminster / London / UK

Selected interviews
Baserange (2021) w/ Umuco Podcast
The Ekru Project (2019) w/ Veronica Horwell
Metal Magazine (2017)

gabriela at monikadorniak dot com 

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Virtual studio visit for Art Apart gallery (2021)

Lecture by Monika Dorniak on her sociopolitical projects and research on trauma as part of Experiencing The Museum, Garage Museum in Moscow (06th of December 2019)

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