Monia Ben Hamouda (b. 1991, Milan) lives and works between al-Qayrawan and Milan. She graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan. Previous positions include a visiting professorship at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Dresden and a seat in the jury at Filmmaker Festival, Milan.
Following the belief that each individual is inextricably connected to their family tree and the psychological universe of their ancestors, Ben Hamouda attempts to master her influences in a contemporary and constantly changing landscape. Born into a Muslim community as the daughter of an Islamic calligrapher, Ben Hamouda navigates and confronts her generational heritage through what she calls a shamanic process – creating works that act as gestural exorcisms of the expectations placed upon her by tradition and the politicized present, drawing their power from the urgency of expression. Her visual language, which translates into a broad range of formal approaches, is steeped in cultural-religious symbology and rituals.
Awards: Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2022); Torino Social Impact Art Award x Artissima (2021); Art Business Accelerator Grant – Artwork, Archive + Redline Contemporary Art Center (2021); DUCATO Contemporary Art Prize Special Award (2020).
Collections: FRAC Corsica, Haute-Corse, Corsica
Remarkably Clear, Almost Invisible, curated by Anthony Discenza, Ashes/Ashes, New York
Wudu Diorama, curated by Anthony Discenza, Lower Cavity, Boston
Hamra, curated by Karen Vestergaard Andersen and Helen Nishijo Andersen, Ariel Feminism, Copenhagen
The eye, the hands, The Lunacy of Lunar Sightings, curated by Anissa Touati, Jevouspropose, Zurich
Night of Hinnã, ChertLüdde, Berlin
Two suns upon Shatt al Jarid, curated by Nestor Garcia Diaz, Carles Àngel Saurí, Paula García-Masedo, Pols, Valencia
Extended protection, Allegoric Defence, curated by Camilla Edström Ödemark, Gallery CC, Malmö
MIRANDA, Pane Project, Milan
It Won’t Only Kill You, it will Hurt the Whole Time You’re Dying, Double solo with Michele Gabriele, OJ, Istanbul
www, curated by Natalia Serkova & Vitaly Bezpalov, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen DK
The Lying Body: Only the Futures Revisit the Past, curated by Emanuele Guidi, Arge/kunst, Bolzano
A Feminine Lexicon, curated by Pia Diamandis, Giacomo Donati and Elena Tortelli, Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Florence
Cry me a River, curated by Treti Galaxie, Combo – Official lounge Artissima, Turin
Museo Diffuso Contemporaneo, Serralunga d’Alba
Ducato Prize winners exhibition, Volumnia, Piacenza
Perno 4, curated by Musketeers, project coordinator Clarissa Tempestini, Museo Diffuso Contemporaneo, Serralunga d’Alba
Ducato Prize winners Exhibition, Volumnia, Piacenza
Endless Nostalghia, curated by Treti Galaxie, 101 Numeri pari, Museo Pecci Prato, Piazza del Campidoglio Rome and Online
Collagen Shadows, curated by Zoë De Luca, ADA, Rome
Blade Banner, curated by Dafne Boggeri, Sprint & Istituto Svizzero,, Museo Civico di Scienze Naturali, Milano
Love Data – Alios 16 me Biennale d’Art, Contemporain Théâtre Cravey Pavilion, La Teste-de-Bûch
NORTHERN LIGHTS, curated by Something Must Break, Alta art space, Malmö
Unsupported Message Format, curated by Pierre Clement, Galerie Valeria Cetraro, Paris
Orrido 120 residency, curated by Something Must Break and Zoe De Luca, Swan Station, Buco del Piombo
Swamp Horses, curated by Andrew Birk, Spirit Vessel + ALTAN, Espinavesa
WET, Haunt project space, Yogyakarta
Swamp Thing versus Man-thing, curated by Anthony Discenza, Et.al gallery, San Francisco
First I Have to Put my Face On, Like a Little Disaster, curated by Cristina Gigliotti, Polignano a Mare
Hope, curated by New Scenario, Universitätssammlungen Kunst, Dresden
Trigger Party #6, curated by Siliqoon, Marselleria Permanent Exhibition, Milan
Fantasy Direct vol II, The Wrong – Digital Art Biennale, Nathan Road, Hong Kong
The Bunt, curated by Fred Powell, Ginny Projects, London
Assiette ou Virage et Dérapage, curated by Something Must Break, Milan
Milano Film Festival, Milan
VideoEspanso, RivoliDue Fondazione per l’Arte, Contemporanea, Milan
L’Intimità dell’immagine come luogo in comune, curated by Gianni Caravaggio, Viafarini DOCVA, Milan
FRAC Corsica, Haute-Corse, Corsica
Residencies & Lectures:
Lower Cavity Residency Holyoke, Massachusetts
Talk at Artissima Fair, Torin
Visiting Professor at Istituto Marangoni, Florence
Visiting Professor at Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Dresden
Orrido 120 residency, Swan Station, Buco del Piombo
Academy Awards residency, Viafarini, Milan
Filmidee summer residency, Filmidee, Sardinia
Jury member at Filmmaker Festival, Milan
“Monia Ben Hamouda and Michele Gabriele: ASHES/ASHES” by Gabriel H. Sanchez, ArtForum, 1 November 2022.
“Zwischen Gewalt und Heilung” by Alexandra Wach, ART – Das Kunstmagazin, October 2022, p. 96 – 97.
“Monia Ben Hamouda” by Brainard Carey, Yale University Radio, 29 September 2022, online.
“Coexistence: Monia Ben Hamouda and Michele Gabriele interviewed by Elizaveta Shneyderman, by Elizaveta Shneyderman, Bomb Magazine, 8 August 2022, online.
“Monia Ben Hamouda “Hamra” at Ariel – Feminism in the Aestethics, Copenaghen”, Mousse, 30 May 2022, online.
“Monia Ben Hamouda: Hamra”, Kuba Paris, May 2022, online.
“Wenn der Stammbaum knurrt Monia Ben Hamouda im ChertLüdde Bungalow” by Lara Brörken, GalleryTalk.net, 13 October 2021, online.
“Monia Ben Hamouda “Night of Hinnā” at Bungalow/ChertLüdde”, Mousse, 21 October 2021, online.
“Monia Ben Hamouda” by Vashti Ali, Artforum, September 2021, online.
“Monia Ben Hamouda”, Artribune, September/October 2020, online.
“Monia Ben Hamouda: Winner of the Contemporary Art Special Mention”, Ducato Prize 2020, online.
“Pane project interviews Monia BenHamouda”, Fluoxo, May 2020, online.
Catalogues – Publications:
“Flatland Reader,” edited by Nuno Patricio, O Fluxo Editions, 2020, Lisboa, PT. ISBN: 9781714564620
Catalogue: “Ducato Prize 2020,” Ducato Prize, online.
“Young Black Romantics,” published and edited by Ndayé Kouagou, 2018. Paris, FR