Born 1987 St. Petersburg, Russia, lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Artist website.
Multidisciplinary artist Rachel Monosov delves into cultural notions of alienation, territorial belonging, and identity, as she reflects a rootless present rife with broader social implications. She constructs entire worlds around her subjects, which function pursuant to their own set of laws. Monosov holds two MFAs from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Ghent, Belgium, and her BA is from Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem, Israel. Monosov is a co-founder of the CTG Collective, she was born in Russia, grew up in Israel, studied in the USA and Belgium, and currently lives and works in Berlin.
Her work has been included in exhibitions at BOZAR and Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens in Belgium, Kunsthaus Hamburg and Bundeskunsthalle Bonn in Germany, Serlachius Museums in Finland, Palazzo delle Esposizioni and Villa Massimo in Rome; and in three international Biennales: 11th Bamako Biennale, 13th Biennale of Dakar, and the Zimbabwe Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale. In 2019, she mounted her first solo museum exhibition at Tarble Arts Center in Illinois. She was awarded the German Academy in Rome Praxis Stipendium, the Northern Trust Purchase Prize, has been supported by the Goethe Institute, and was shortlisted for the Mack First Book Award. Her work has been acquired into the permanent collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, Block Museum at Northwestern University, and the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.
The Rome Prize of the German Academy Rome Villa Massimo is the most important German award for German artists or those artists who live in Germany for at least five years. It is the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media that offers a ten months residency to nine impulse-generating creatives from the fields of visual arts, composition, literature and architecture, selected by four different juries. In 2008, a two months fellowship has also been created for people from the applied fields of artistic creation, among others.
At the second seat of the Academy, Casa Baldi in Olevano Romano, each year eight fellows receive a three-month fellowship.The patron Eduard Arnhold founded the German Academy Rome in 1910 and donated the complex to the Prussian State right away. Today Villa Massimo falls within the jurisdiction of the Federal Government for Cultural Affairs and Media of the Federal Republic of Germany. Since July 2019, Julia Draganović has been Director.
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Co-Choreography and performance
From Melbourne Australia, Rachell studied dance at the Victorian College of the Arts before moving to Europe in 2014, where she has established herself as a performer, artist and teacher. Inspired by the connective possibilities of dance, and the friendships, intimacy and community it builds, Rachell continues to collaborate and perform with choreographers Sebastian Matthias, Ursina Tossi, Emmilou Roßling, Colette Sadler and Visual Artist Rachel Monosov, among others. In 2017 Rachell was part of the DanceWEB scholarship program, proudly supported by the Tanja Liedtke Foundation.
Co-Choreography and performance
Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Stephanie graduated in 2010 from the Juilliard School. She went on to dance for Stadttheater Bern, the Batsheva Dance Company and L.A. Dance Project. Stephanie is currently based in Berlin as a freelance dance artist working for Eastman, Noé Soulier, Gerard & Kelly, Trajal Harrell and Rachel Monosov. She is also a co-founding member of the Berlin based teaching collective, Mo.Ré.
Philipp Rhensius is a musician, writer, sound artist, founder of the music label Arcane Patterns, and editor of Norient based in Berlin. His projects merge sonic fiction with sardonic poetry and visceral sound, and are driven by the idea that «feeling the chains» is the moment when emancipation begins.
SANTA BUŠS is Latvian composer especially interested in detailed pre-compositional process and peculiarly in working with extra-musical ideas (found in other disciplines of art, physiology, history, mythology, nature, architecture, medicine, sports, philosophy, etc.).
Julia Shelkovskaia sopran. Began her singing study at the “Gnessin” College in Moscow, and then continued at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and at the “Hanns Eisler” University of Music in Berlin.
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