Mónika Sziládi “Wide Receivers”

Smack Mellon

poster for Mónika Sziládi “Wide Receivers”

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“In “Wide Receivers” I explore how the social sphere and its attendant behaviors are simultaneously tribalized and atomized amidst the ever increasing noise of mass (over)communication, digital media, and self-broadcasting. The compositions have been digitally constructed – in some cases in a deceptively seamless manner - from images shot at public relations and networking events as well as trade shows and meet-ups of social segments that have connected online to interact offline.

Visually my aim is to collapse the space between the physical and the virtual. In their gestures, expressions, and appearance, my subjects similarly fold the practice of everyday living into a masquerade of the extraordinary – much akin to the way reality television, seamless product and celebrity placements, crowd sourcing, paparazzi photojournalism and online avatars distort boundaries between the ordinary and the spectacular.

The coexistence of mediatized and non-mediatized spaces and behaviors both collide and blur in my work: the two form a noisy feedback loop between each other, the observable by-product of which can be disruption, delirium, and in certain cases the atomization and/or the self-reinvention of the subjects.”

Mónika Sziládi was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary and lives in New York. She holds an MFA in Photography from Yale (2010) and a Maitrise in Art History and Archaeology from Sorbonne, Paris (1997). In 2008 she received the Gesso Foundation Fellowship to attend Skowhegan, she was a 2012 resident at Smack Mellon, and a 2013 resident at the La Napoule Art Foundation in France. She is a winner of The Philadelphia Museum of Art Photography Competition (2010), a recipient of the Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship (2010), a Juror’s Pick by Julie Saul and Alec Soth, Work-in-Progress Prize, Daylight/CDS Photo Awards (2010) and the recipient of Humble Arts’ Fall 2012 New Photography Grant. Selected exhibitions include Point of Purchase, DUMBO Arts Center, NYC (2006); Lost and Found, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, Germany (2007); Designations, NT Gallery, Bologna, Italy (2008); Market Forces, Carriage Trade Gallery, NYC and Galerie Erna Hecey, Brussels (2009); US Featured Exhibition, Flash Forward Festival, Toronto (2010); 31 Women in Art Photography, Hasted Kraeutler, NYC. (2012). Her work is in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.



from January 18, 2014 to March 02, 2014

Opening Reception on 2014-01-18 from 17:00 to 20:00

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