Daiga Grantina, Every day and just once, 2024, Foksal Gallery Foundation, installation view, photo Bartek Zalewski

Daiga Grantina 'Every day and just once' & Monika Sosnowska 'Rebar'
5.04 – 18.05.2024

Visit the exhibition from Tuesday to Saturday 
12 – 6 pm

 

Foksal Gallery Foundation is pleased to present an exhibition by Monika Sosnowska (b. 1972 in Ryki, Poland) alongside hosting Emalin, London presenting an exhibition by Daiga Grantina (b. 1985, Saldus, Latvia) on the occasion of Constellation in Warsaw. Dispersed across the two floors of the Foundation’s building, the sculptors enter in and out of dialogue in their material vocabularies that draw from architectural, domestic and public spaces.

Materials such as steel and concrete, characteristic of the construction of the contemporary urban landscape, constitute the primary material for Monika Sosnowska's sculptures. The artist is a keen observer of the ongoing changes in the architectural fabric of the city subjected to a process of brutal transformation. Demolitions of modernist buildings, ripping out of metal roots, and destruction triggering new investments serve as a source of inspiration for the formal inquiries of the artist.

In her exhibition, Sosnowska presents a "linear sculpture" consisting of a single reinforcing bar, 11 meters in length and 20 millimetres in diameter. The cut, twisted bar floats in the gallery space, connecting it like a "metal umbilical cord" to the panoramic view of the dense centre of Warsaw.

Daiga Grantina’s intuitive arrangements of sculptures use deceptively simple forms and domestic materials – wood, twine, resin – to abstract something ineffable about our experience of space, matter and light. The exhibitions she composes like pieces of music play out in the meetings of physical phenomena – such as gravity, reflection or refraction – and the sensorial experiences of language, colour and emotion. At its core, her work points to just how intimate and indescribable reality is when faced with our capacity to perceive.

Her sculptures, which she describes as material gestures, follow the structural shifts of organisms. Wooden brackets align with the geometry of bird feathers, the refractions of light or the gesture of opening and closing of passages. Some materialise in resin cast into womb-like, lung-like shells, like Bean (2019), originally created for Grantina’s exhibition at the 58th Venice Biennale. Within her laye-red environments, she pays close attention to the specific qualities of each fold and weave, locating a motion of life unfolding similarly at each scale.

In the recent body of work presented here and on view currently at her solo exhibition at Z33 in Has-selt, Belgium, one of the trails of focus she follows is the idea of a mirror, understood as a surface of connection between our psyche and the surroundings. A mirror emphasises the relationality of an ob-ject that is otherwise self-contained. Various parallel dimensions or understandings of these sculptu-res multiply and overlap in thought and sensation. Grantina proposes a space of intimate perception to each person that enters it.

 

Monika Sosnowska (b. 1972, Ryki, Poland) lives and works in Warsaw, Poland. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Solo exhibitions have been held at EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, FI (2023); Zentrum Paul Klee, CH (2023); Kunstraum Dornbirn, AT (2022); Mudam, Luxembourg, LU (2022); Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL (2020); Muzeum Susch, Engadin, CH (2017); Ginza Maison Hermès, Tokyo, JP (2015); Australian Center for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne, AU (2013); Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, MX (2011); Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, IL (2010); Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA (2006).

Sosnowska’s work has been included in group exhibitions at Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, DE (2022); Cassina Projects, Milan, IT (2021); Kunstmuseum Basel, CH (2021); Museum od Modern Art, New York City, USA (2019); Hayward Gallery, London, GB (2018); Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, DE (2018); Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, BE (2018).

Sosnowska’s works are included in the collections of Centre Georges Pomidou, Paris, FR; Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Abi Dhabi, UAE; Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; Daimler Art Collection, Berlin, DE; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, PL; Muzeum Susch, Susch, CH; Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, MX;  Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź, PL; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL; Tate Modern, London, UK; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA and the Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw, PL.

Upcoming solo exhibitions and projects include Triennale Beaufort, BE (2024); Purple Path, Chemnitz, DE (2025); and Princess Estelle Sculpture Park, SE (2025).

 

Daiga Grantina (b. 1985, Saldus, Latvia) lives and works in Paris, France. She studied at the HFBK University of Fine Arts Hamburg and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Solo exhibitions have been held at the Art Museum Riga Bourse, LV (2022); GAMeC, Bergamo, IT (2021); Emalin, London, UK (2021); New Museum, New York, US (2020); the Latvian Pavilion, 58th Venice Biennale, IT (2019); Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR (2018); Kunstverein in Hamburg, DE (2017) and Kim? Contemporary Art Center, Riga, LV (2016).

Grantina’s work has been included in group exhibitions at Kim? Contemporary Art Center, Riga, LV (2023); the 11th Sequences Biennial, Reykjavík, IS (2023); Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, UK (2023); Kunstverein Göttingen, Göttingen, DE (2023); Latvian Museum of Art, Riga, LV (2023); X Museum, Beijing, CN (2022); National Gallery Prague, CZ (2022); Kunstmuseum Bern, CH (2020); Museum of Contemporary Art Busan, KR (2020); Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, LT (2018); Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR (2018); Musée d’Orsay, Paris, FR (2018); Kunsthalle Mainz, DE (2017) and Bergen Kunsthall, NO (2016).

Grantina’s works are included in the collections of CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, New York, US; CNAP Centre National Art Plastique, Pantin, FR; FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkirk, FR; GAMeC, Bergamo, IT; Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, CH; LNMM Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, LV; Tate, London, UK; and X Museum, Beijing, CN.

Upcoming solo exhibitions and projects include Z33, Hasselt, BE (2024); Kunsthalle Appenzell, Appenzell, CH (2024); and Kunstmuseum Bern, CH (2025).

 

Monika Sosnowska, Rebar, 2024, Foksal Gallery Foundation, installation view, photo Bartek Zalewski

 

Monika Sosnowska, Rebar, 2024, Foksal Gallery Foundation, installation view, photo Bartek Zalewski

 

Daiga Grantina, Every day and just once, 2024, Foksal Gallery Foundation, installation view, photo Bartek Zalewski

 

Daiga Grantina, Every day and just once, 2024, Foksal Gallery Foundation, installation view, photo Bartek Zalewski

Monika Sosnowska, Rebar & Daiga Grantina, Every day and just once, 2024, Foksal Gallery Foundation, installation views, photo Bartek Zalewski