San Gimignano

Monika Sosnowska

Galleria Continua | San Gimignano

The labyrinth is often a metaphor for an inner psychological state. Monika Sosnowska, born in Ryki, Poland, in 1972, uses it to evoke Eastern Europe during the Soviet era. In constructing her “buildings” inside other buildings, she pushes the imagination toward shut-in situations of intimacy or personal solitude. Her environments, seemingly without exit, reveal the impasse of a blocked reality, where one enters and sinks into oneself, as in the corridor she constructed at the 2003 Venice Biennale or in her labyrinthine sequence of rooms at Manifesta in 2002. These possess an immediate connection to a social reality; the pale green applied to the walls of her installation at Manifesta, for instance, recalls the intentionally anonymous and nondescript color of hospitals, offices, and prisons—and not only in Poland. In contrast, the clear, incisive drawings of her “buildings” break the linear

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