Cosima von Bonin

One of the most influential and compelling artists working in Germany today, Cologne-based artist Cosima von Bonin (b. 1962, Mombasa, Kenya) has, over the last 15 years, worked in a wide range of media—including sculpture, photography, textile “paintings,” installation, performance, film, video, and music—often combined together in large-scale installations. Drawing freely from a broad range of sources—such as the work of other artists, popular and vernacular culture, television, fashion, and Hip-Hop and Techno music—her art explores these different forms of cultural expression in an open, fluid approach that embraces both relationships and contradictions. Von Bonin constructs a community of social relations in her artwork using role-playing, collaboration, appropriation, and the transformation of the commonplace. Her works touch upon ideas of play and indoctrination, structure and improvisation, cultural and gender representations, identity, and self-reflection—with both absurdity and humor.

This book was produced to accompany an exhibition (09.16.07 – 01.07.08) organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and curated by MOCA Senior Curator Ann Goldstein – the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States. It presented a survey of work created since 1990, including new pieces produced on the occasion of the exhibition.

The book features texts by Ann Goldstein, Manfred Hermes, Bennett Simpson, and Isabella Graw.

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