Milena Bonilla G.

Milena Bonilla’s research-based practice is currently invested in epistemological colonialism and the different ways it affects organisms, language and social structures. By identifying patterns, gaps and silences within specific historical narratives, the artist draws tensions between predetermined political templates and uses of cognition. These conceptual and perceptual exercises appear weaved across the manifold material manifestations of her work.⁣ 

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Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, 2010
Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Visual Arts, Bogotá, 2000

Solo exhibitions and presentations

2021-22 The Hour Before Sunset, Galeria Municipal do Porto, curated by Juan Luis Toboso PT 
2019 Eden Hotel, A Tale of a Tub, Rotterdam, curated by Julia Geerlings NL
2016 Malware Made Riddles, Jeannine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam, NL
2015 Low Intensity Operations, The Mistake Room, curated by Victor Albarracín, Los Angeles Ca, US
2015 Third, Mor Charpentier, Paris, FR
2013/14 An Endles Present, Galeria Marilia Razuk, Sao Paulo BR
2013 The Army, Stigter van Doesburg's project space, Amsterdam NL
2013 An Endless Present, Mor Charpentier, Paris FR
2012 Frame –Frieze Art Fair, Mor Charpentier, solo presentation, London GB
2012 Opus Incertum, SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, curated by Pontus Kyander, Kristiansand NO
2011 Untitled (12th. Istanbul Biennial), solo presentation, Istanbul TR
2011 A Report to an Academy, Artecámara program, Chamber of Commerce, curated by Guillermo Vanegas, Bogotá, CO

(selected) Screenings, performances and other events

2022 Screening of I am Life and Life is Beautiful, Biblioteca Municipal Almeida Garret, followed by a conversation with Filipa Ramos, director of the Galeria Municipal do Porto, PT
2021 Public online discussion panel around A Bundle of Silences (1871), with Esther Leslie, Quentin Deluermoz and Pepijn Brandon, hosted by the Rijksakademie RABK and the International Institute of Social History IISH, a project by Milena Bonilla and Ana María Gómez López, Amsterdam NL
2021 Screening at the European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC), International Institute of Social History IISH,- together with Ana María Gómez López, Amsterdam NL
2019 Performance Poisoned: Behind that Grid There's a Maze, Framer Framed, Amsterdam NL
2019 Performance Poisoned: Behind that Grid There's a Maze, Punt WG, Amsterdam NL
2019 Screening MACRO Asilo film program, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma MACRO, invited by Arte Sur IT
2018 All Signal No Message performance at M HKA Antwerp, part of On A-causal connecting principles, with L. Ungar, project curated by Sara Giannini BE
2018 November Alarm co-curated event with A. María Gómez López at the Rijksakademie's Library in Amsterdam NL
2017 performance Pavilion, Rijksmuseum auditorium, commissioned by TAAK and Sara Giannini for the project Heterotropics, with Luisa Ungar, Amsterdam NL 
2016 Screening, Milena Bonilla X W8, Rozenstraat (former W8) Amsterdam, NL
2016 This Time the Rabbit Looks Down: Chocolate Scrying, with Anasusana at Autarkia / Rupert, Vilnius, LT
2016 This Rabbit Looks to the Left: Chocolate Scrying, with Luisa Ungar, Museo de Arte de Pereira, CO
2015  Screening, Our Hidden Futures, Film at Art Basel in Miami Beach US
2015 This Rabbit Looks to the Left: Chocolate Scrying, with Luisa Ungar at Spring Workshop, Hong Kong
2015 Intervention at The Last Billboard Project, curated by Jon Rubin, Pittsburg US
2015 Pavillion, performance with Luisa Ungar, Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo CA2M, Madrid ES
2014 This Rabbit Looks to the Left: Chocolate Scrying, performance with Luisa Ungar at Rong Wrong, Amsterdam NL
2014 Screening, Ceremony for a Homogeneous Landscape, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes MNBA, Buenos Aires AR
2013 Screening, Stone Deaf, Art Versus, Bogotá CO
2012 A Report to an Academy, Centro Colombo-Americano, Bogotá CO
2012 Stone Deaf, Marx and the Aesthetic Symposium, various speakers, UvA, Goethe Institut, JVE Akademie, with the support of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam NL
2011 Screening, OK Video Flesh, 5th. Jakarta video Festival, Jakarta ID
2011 The Destruction of One Someone performance with Pedro Gómez-Egaña, Kunstnernes Hus Oslo NO
2011 A Report to an Academy, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota CO

(selected) Group exhibitions

Is it possible to be a revolutionary and like flowers? Nest, curated by Laurie Cluitmans, De Hague NL
Live among and turn together, La Box, curated by Asli Seven, Bourges, FR
Alienaciones, online exhibition, curated by Ana María Montenegro: https://alineaciones.nmenos1.xyz/
Launch of the collective project A Bundle of Silences (1871), supported by the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten and the International Institute of Social History: https://communes.international

Images Liées, Chatêau de Servières, Les Parallèles du Sud, Manifesta 13, Marseille FR 
Floraphilia, Temporary Gallery, curated by Aneta Rotowska, Cologne DE
Sign - Signer, Mint konsthall, Stockholm SE
Mecarõ, Montpellier Contemporain, Montpellier FR

The Physical World Was Still There, Konsthall C, curated by Asrin Haidari and Emily Fahlen, Stockholm SE
Nowheres within Here, Framer Framed, curated by Jolene Ong, Amsterdam NL
Tanto que me hablaste del Futuro ¿cuál futuro? Espacio Odeón, curated by Alejandra Sarria, Espacio Odeón, Bogotá CO
Stretching is a Matter of Spelling, exhibition and coordination of public program with Natasha Papadopoulou, Punt WG, Amsterdam NL
All Tomorrow's Libraries - Todas las bibliotecas del Mañana, Koldo Mixtelena Library, curated by Jorge Carrión, San Sebastian, ES
You Cannot Keep the Spring from Coming - No podrán detener la primavera, Ladera Oeste, curated by Paulina Ascensio, Guadalajara MX
Under Construction, relatos desde Latinoamérica en la colección CIFO, Casa Fugaz, Callao PE
Here / Now, current visions from Colombia, Framer Framed, curated by Carolina Ponce de León, Amsterdam NL

Moving Stones, Kadist Paris, curated by Marie Martraire FR
À L'heure du dessin, Château de Servières, Marseille FR
On A-causal Connecting Principles, M HKA Antwerp, with Luisa Ungar, curated by Sara giannini BE
The Words We Wont Say, Claustro de San Agustín UNAL Bogotá CO
The European International, intervention at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten building,
with Ana Gómez López, project curated by Vasyl Cherepanin, Amsterdam NL
Gaia in the Anthropocene, Garage Rotterdam, curated by Sjoerd Kloosterhuis and Madelon van Schie NL
If These Stones could Sing, Kadist San Francisco, curated by Marie Martraire, US

Indexmakers, CRAC Montbéilard FR
Drawing: The beginning of everything, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo US
The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin, The Jewish Museum, New York US
Los Multinaturalistas, MAMM Museo de arte moderno de Medellín CO
Daily Abstraction: Body-Nature / Home-Street, Space Collection, Part of Pacific Standard Time:
LA/LA, a Getty initiative, Irvine CA US
Dysfunctional Formulas of Love, The Box, Part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a Getty initiative
Flowers are documents, AR/GE Kunst, Bolzano IT
Reinventar lo posible/Accionar lo imaginable, Centro del Carmen, Valencia ES

AÚN, 44 Salón Nacional de Artistas, Pereira, CO
Victories are Short Lived, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast IR
Anthropocene, Meesseen de Clerq, Brussels BE
L'asymetrie des cartes, Grand Cafe Centre d'art Contemporain, St. Nazaire, FR

Des hôtes: a foreigner, a human, an unexpected visitor, Spring Workshop, Hong Kong
Tower, Ibid Projects, London UK
United States of Latin America, MOCAD, Detroit US
Daros Latinoamérica, Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires AR
Europa. Viaje, paisaje, Cartografía, ArteBA, Buenos Aires AR
Naturaleza Nominal, CA2M, Madrid ES
Acorazado Patacón, La Tabacalera, Madrid ES
Entre Geografías, Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín MAMM, Medellín CO

John Smith, The Posthuman; Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht NL
The Naturalists, Tina Kim Gallery, New York, US
Within the Sound of Your Voice, Paralell Project, Marrakech Biennial MA
Quieren Dinero, Escuela de Bellas Artes, Universidad del Atlántico, Barranquilla CO

Las Propiedades Extrañas, Espacio Líquido, Gijón ES
Deferred Archive, CIFO Grants & Commisions program, Miami US
The Storytellers, Banco de la República, Bogotá CO  
Algunas Lagunas, Proyecto Paralelo, Mexico City MX

Supermarket, Kulturhuset, Volt gallery, Stockolm SE
Intercity Pavillions Project, 9th. Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai CN
The Idea of Latin America, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla ES
The Storytellers, Sternesen Museet, Oslo NO
The Future of the Past, various venues, Ministry of Culture of Colombia CO

Untitled (12th. Istanbul Biennial) History, 2011, Istanbul TR
Narratives in Progress, Plevnik-Kronkowska Gallery, Celje SI
Customary Beauty, Mor Charpentier Gallery, Paris FR
Ya Sé Leer/ I Know How to Read, Centro Wilfredo Lam, Havana CU
Screaming from the Mountain, SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand NO
On the Territory, Cermodern, Ankara TR
Cartografías Críticas, MAM Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín CO

Rijksakademie Open, Amsterdam NL
Morality Act VI, Remember Humanity, Witte de With, Rotterdam NL
Whose Map is it? Institute of International Visual Arts - Iniva, London GB
Afuera! Arte en espacios públicos / Outside! Art in public spaces, Córdoba AR.
Terrain Error, apartment 6/L40, Kunst und kultur am Rosa Luxemburg platz e.V., Berlin DE
Un territorio en puntos suspensivos / On the Territory, Diego Rivera Museum, Guanajuato MX
Las Historias de un Grito / The Stories of a Scream, Museo Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá CO

X Havana Biennial, Havana CU
Rijksakademie Open, Amsterdam NL
Mapping the present, Konstall C, Stockolm SE
Asimetrías y convergencias / Asymmetries and convergences, Vermelho Gallery, Sao Paulo BR
Preámbulo / Preamble XIII Regional art exhibition, Tunja CO
Once more with feeling, Hertfordshire University, Hatfield GB
Historia Natural y Política / Natural History and Politics, Universidad EAFIT, Medellín, CO

BB3 Bucharest Biennial, Bucharest RO
Mappign the present, Bildmuseet. Umeå SE
Historia Natural y Política / Natural History and Politics, Casa Republicana, BLAA, Bogotá CO
Once more with feeling, The Photographer’s Gallery/University of Essex, London GB
Revolución Industrial, MUCA Roma, Universidad Autónoma de México. México City MX

Honors and awards, grants and funding

2020 Residency grant at ZK/U Berlin, Mondriaan Fonds NL / DE
2017 Work Award Proven Talent (Werkbijdrage Bewezen Talent), Mondriaan Fonds NL
2013 CIFO Grants & Commisions program, award recipient US
2012 Rolex Mentor and Protegé program, finalist CH
2011 Mondriaan / BKVB Fonds voor beeldende kunsten, Bassisstipendium grant NL
2011 Ministry of Culture of Colombia, grant for work production CO
2008 National Award for the production of an Artist Book, Ministry of Culture CO
2005 Residencies Colombia – United Kingdom, Ministry of Culture of Colombia CO, Visiting Arts UK
2004 39º. Salón Nacional de Artistas Colombianos. Honorary Mention CO
2003 10º. Salón Regional de Artistas de Bogotá. First Prize CO
2003 Proyecto Ciencia Arte Naturaleza, Honorary Mention CO

2021 International Institute of Social History (IISH) and Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam. Residency done with the collective communes.international
2020 ZK/U Berlin, Mondriaan Fonds, Berlin DE
2015 International d’Accueil et d’Échange des Récollets, Paris FR
2012 Very Real Time, Cape Town ZA
2009/2010 Rijksakademie van beldende kunsten, Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science Amsterdam NL
(selected) Publications
Artist Books
2012 A Report to an Academy, Milena Bonilla, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Mondriaan Fonds, Amsterdam
2008 El Capital / Manuscrito Siniestro, Milena Bonilla, Bogotá -Ministry of Culture of Colombia

Reference in books and catalogues
2017 Aesthetic Marx, Ed. Samir Gandesha & Johan Hartle, Bloomsbury Academic, New York
2016 The Imaginary Reader, various authors, Volt, edited by Marie Nerland, Oslo
2016 O Livro de Artista e a Enciclopédia Visual, Amir Brito Cadôr, UFMG, Porto Alegre
2016 United States of Latinamerica, -cat MOCAD, Detroit
2015 The Drawer - Les presses du réel, Revue de dessin #9, Paris 
2015 Subjective Atlas of Colombia, Various Ed., Semana Libros, Bogotá
2014 Reprint, Appropriation & Literature, Annette Gilbert Ed. Luxbooks Kult, Wiesbaden
2013 Deferred Archive, -cat. CIFO Grants and Commisions, Miami
2013 Ya se leer. Imagen y texto en el arte latinoamericano, Elvia Rosa Castro, Centro Wilfredo Lam, Havana
2012 Untitled (11 Istanbul Biennial), -cat., Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts and Yapı Kredi Publications, Istanbul
2012 The Storytellers, Narratives in International Contemporary Art, edited by Selene Wendt, Skira, Milano
2012 Transpolítico: art in Colombia 1992 – 2012, José Roca, Sylvia Suárez, Lunwerg Editores, Bogotá
2012 Image Makers, Image Takers, Thames & Hudson Publishers, London
2011 The Companion, Untitled (11 Istanbul biennial), Foundation for Culture and Arts and Yapı Kredi Publications, Istanbul
2011 De lo que Somos, Diego Garzón, Lunwerg Ed., Barcelona
2010 Rijksakademie Open -cat., Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam
2009 Rijksakademie Open -cat., Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam
2009 X Havana Biennial, Integration and Resistance in the Global Era -cat., Centro Wilfredo Lam, Havana
2009 Ciudad Espejo, Natalia Gutiérrez, Ed. Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Art Faculty, Bogotá
2008 Pavillion BB3, Bucharest Biennial -cat., Bucharest
2008 Historia Natural y Política - Conocimientos y Representaciones de la Naturaleza Americana, Banco de la República, Universidad de los Andes, Universidad Eafit, Bogotá
2008 Once More with Feeling, Contemporary photography from Colombia, Arts Council England, London
2007 Displaced, Contemporary art from Colombia, Ediciones Uniandes -cat., Bogotá