Milena Bonilla

Amsterdam, Netherlands
APT Mexico City
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  • “Narco-traffic drug dealers like these styles,” she said, motioning to gold and green glass bracelets, the jagged stones set into glittering chainmail bands. This is Bogota, Colombia, yes, so you might assume she is talking about jewelry in a pawn shop. They’re actually art works with an asking price of €20,000 for the set.

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  • Which works of art would you own, if cost and logistics were not an issue?

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  • Opening July 4 until September 13, 2015, Fundación Proa presents for the first time in Argentina the Daros Latinamerica Collection, an exhibition that brings together a wide selection of pieces by Latin American artists.

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Milena Bonilla was born in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1975. Bonilla’s work runs between a variety of media including drawing, sculpture and photography; her work process is crossed by a series of questions that links economy, territory notions, transit and politics, with actions that touch every day life, and that generates an heterogeneous frame in her production discursivity.

Selected solo exhibitions include Manuscritos at Valenzuela Klenner Gallery in Bogotá (2008); Limítrofe at Valenzuela Klenner Gallery in Bogotá (2006); Don't Say You Love Me at Valenzuela Klenner Gallery in Bogotá (2004); and Common Places / Sketches for a Garden at Alianza Colombo Francesa in Bogotá (2004).

Recent and next group exhibitions include Open Studios, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam (2009); Segunda Trienal Poligráfica de San Juan, Puerto Rico (2009); X Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba (2009); Revolución Industrial / Industrial Revolution, Muca Roma Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City (2008); Historia Natural y Política, Casa Republicana, Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Bogotá (2008); BB3 Bucharest Biennial (2008); The Map: Navigating the Present, Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden (2008); Once More With Feeling: A Season of Colombian Photography, Impressions Gallery in Bradford, UK (2007) and Photographer's Gallery in London (2008); Displaced at Glynn Vivian Gallery in Swansea, UK (2007); and Nuestra Hospitalidad, Espai d’art contemporani de Castelló (EAAC) in Castellón, Spain (2007).

Her work has been recognized through fellowships and prizes that includes mainly: Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten / Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Amsterdam (2009); fellowship for the production of an artist book by the Ministry of Culture of Colombia (2008); Art Gene Residency (Visiting Arts) from the Arts Council England and the Colombian Ministry of Culture (2005); Honorary Mention at the 39th Salón Nacional de Artistas Colombianos (2004); and First Prize at the X Salón Regional de Artistas de Bogotá (2003).

Milena Bonilla lives and works in Amsterdam. She is represented by Gallery Mor Charpentier in Paris. 

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