Monika Dorniak’s practice implies the weaving of connections between media, senses, agencies, disciplines, materialities, technologies, localities and temporalities, through the means of performance, (text- and material-based) scores, (textile) sculpture, workshop, and multi-media. Primary subjects of the artist's projects and practice-based research are intergenerational trauma, the human condition and interdependence (and porous connections) between agencies. While sourcing from contemporary events, the neurodivergent artist attempts to refrain from the normative temporality by practicing crip-time* rituals as day-to-day form of resistance.

The experiences of growing up between (West) Germany and Poland in an (agricultural & social) working class environment, as well as her families past experience of forced displacements under Soviet occupations, impacted Dorniak’s interest in the porousity and vulnerability of the plural self*². During her psychology and performance studies (2012-2013) she began the ongoing research on intergenerational trauma, which has manifested itself in commissioned workshops (Uprootedness & Hybridity, 2018), performances (a.o. Walking In Two Directions (At The Same Time), 2022) and alternative educational programmes (Passing on Resilience, 2023).

Dorniak uses the collaborative format to search for collective mourning spaces in a pluralised, neoliberal society, and build bridges between disciplines, people, agencies, spaces and times. Throughout her practice she has joined forces with dancers, stones and other more-than-human agencies, sound makers, activists, a provenance researcher, a nurse, a psychologist, philosophers, art historians, physicists, neurologists, a farmer, designers, architects, filmmakers and journalists.

Her works have been presented at international institutions, such as Center for Literature in Münster (2024), National Gallery Vilnius (2023), Galeria Promocyjna, Warszawa (2023), 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 working 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).

* referring to Alison Kafer’s Feminist Queer Crip Theory (2013)
*² referring to Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza (1987)

Photograph by Anna Perepechai

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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


2023    the (nonmetaphoric) use of the term participation, InTheCloset, Vilnius, LI 
2023    the ease with which [a] may be distorted under the action of [b], Hošek Contemporary, Berlin, DE         
2020     If Homunkulus Had A House, ROSALUX, Berlin, DE
2011     Human Anatomy Is Adorning Itself, Das Weekend, Berlin, DE

GROUP EXHIBITIONS  – selected list

2024    As the Witches do, Center for Literature, Burg Hülshoff, Münster, DE
2023    CollActive Matters, CLB Galerie, Berlin, DE
2023    WARSAW>KIN<BERLIN, Galeria Promocyjna, Warszawa, PL
2023    WeWater, Symbiotic Lab, Berlin, DE 
2023    WARSAW>KIN<BERLIN, Milchhof Pavillion, Berlin, DE
2022    Künstlerische Tatsachen, TRAFO, Jena, DE
2022    Mapping The Cartographic, Drugo Mare, Rijeka, HR
2022    Critical Practice Studio, Haus der Statistik, Berlin, DE
2021    Pop Up Gallery, Art Apart, NAILS Projectroom, Düsseldorf, DE
2021    Rituale der Gegenwart, curated by SALVE, Künstlerhaus Sootbörn, Hamburg, DE
2021    Hold Hands, Kunstverein Leipzig, Leipzig, DE
2021    Black Beemer > White Boomer, City Gallery Pardubice, Prague, CZ
2021     Instability and Precariousness, Millepiani, Rome, IT
2020    Visard, Salve Berlin, Berlin, DE
2020     still connected, Weserhalle, Berlin, DE
2020    Openings Not Openings, Bärenzwinger, Berlin, DE
2019    The Screen Is Not The Limit, curated by Entkunstung, online
2019    dig:it, Museum of Arts, Arad, RO
2018    Vivid Unknown, ROSALUX, Berlin, DE
2018    Expedition IV, curated by Johanna Silbermann, Salve Berlin, Berlin, DE
2017    10 Jahre, Kunstverein Neukölln, Berlin, DE
2017   This is an Art School, curated by Alex Schady, Tate Exchange, London, UK
2016    Postgraduates Auction with Sotheby’s, Lethaby Gallery, London, UK
2016    9 Evenings Series, Arts Catalyst, London, UK
2015    Remember Nature curated by Gustav Metzger, Central Saint Martins, London, UK
2012    Wir bauen eine neue Gedankenskulptur, Alte Post, Trier, DE
2011    Koordinaten des Körpers, Kunstraum t27, Berlin, DE
2011    Exposició Síntesi, Festival Tallerts Oberts, Barcelona, ES


2024    What could possibly go right?, Toni Areal, Zürich, CH
2023    half orphan, half witch, Monster Believers Reloaded, Berlin, DE
2022    Your Body Is A Water Vessel, TRAFO, Jena, DE
2022    Metamorphosis, Entkunstung x  Jakob Kukula Publication, Art Biesenthal, DE
2021    Amplification Of Fluctuations, Uferstudios, Berlin, DE
2019     My Fiction and You, Bärenzwinger, Berlin, DE
2018     Studio Complex, Curator: Alex Schady, Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, London, UK
2018    Collective Synchronisation, Anti-University Festival, Arts Catalyst, London, UK
2016     Why simple, when you can make it complex, Performance Studio, London, UK
2015     Anthropocentric Choreography, Foreign Affairs, Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Berlin, DE
2016     Acts Re: Acts, Wimbledon Arts Centre, London, UK
2014     100 Grad Festival, Sophiensaele, Berlin, DE
2013     CTM Hacklab Presentations, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE


2023     Mentor, University of the Arts, London, UK  (ongoing)
2023     Curator, Passing on Resilience, National Gallery Vilnius, LI
2023     10-month research programme, School of Commons, Zurich, CH
2023     Lecturer, CollActive Matters, Lobe Bau, Berlin, DE 
2023     Guest tutor, Berridge Programs, FR
2022     Moderator, Reactionary Art, Berlin Art Week, Uferhallen, Berlin, DE
2022     Moderator, Footnotes, School of Commons, Zurich University, Zurich, CH
2022     Moderator, Warding Off, Radio Show, Refuge Worldwide
2022     Guest Tutor, SARS London, Online
2021     Moderator, Uprootedness & Hybridity, Seminar Series, Counterpoints Arts, UK
2019     Lecturer, Experiencing the Museum, Garage Museum, Moscow, RU
2018     Lecturer, Diversity, Arts and Culture, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, DE
2018     Guest Tutor, Urban Studies & Spatial Practices, Al-Quds Bard College, PS
2017     Guest Tutor, BA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL, UK
2015     Lecturer, Diversity, Arts and Culture, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, DE


2023     Stipend, Take Heart, Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V.
2023     Prize, Hošek Contemporary Prize, Berlin, DE
2022     Residency, Künstlerische Tatsachen, TRAFO, Jena, DE
2022     Sonderförderung, Neustart Kultur, Kunstfonds Bonn
2022     Exhibition and travel fund, Mapping The Cartographic, Institut f. Auslandsbeziehungen
2021     Residency, Hold Hands, Online
2021     Stipend, Take Action, Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V.
2020     Stipend, Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur, Berlin, DE


2023     Online, Coeur & Art, Interview by Lorena Mateeva
2022     Issue 13, JANE, Interview by Nina Mdivani
2022     Metamorphosis, Symbiotic Lab & Entkunstung
2020     Issue 1, Out Of Stock Edith Lazar and Schloss Solitude
2017     Issue 4, Terra Firma Magazine
2016     Online, Metal Magazine, Interview by Anastasia Sliusarenko
2011     Issue 5, Der Greif

Selected interviews
Coeur & Art (2023) w/ Lorena Mateeva
Baserange (2021) w/ Umuco Podcast
The Ekru Project (2019) w/ Veronica Horwell
Metal Magazine (2017)

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