OD Photo Prize 2021 | Judge’s Pick
“Cecilia’s altered, constructed and subverted images are at once both familiar and ambiguous, creating a seductive tension that I find utterly fascinating. The work is clever but not pretentious in its execution, inspiring us to question notions of what photography is, revealing and concealing as much or as little as we choose to see.” – Brandei Estes, Head of Photography at Sothebys
The series Shelter in Space (collage on card, 2020) utilises images taken from a single vintage fashion magazine where the models were originally photographed in domestic-like settings. Appearing to either be partially obstructed by props or intersected by the site that they occupy the characters now seem to form one with their environment. The ‘incompleteness’ of the figures disturb the original scenes inviting the viewer to form new narratives where the characters take on new roles and identities within their assigned settings.
Her recent exhibitions include Contagio (2020), Cecilia Brunson Projects, London; Project Paperophylia (2020) Charlie Smith Gallery, London; Notices in a Mutable Terrain (2019), Piero Atchugarry gallery, Miami; I’ts Not Forever (2018), Galeria del Paseo, Punta; del Este, Uruguay. In 2016 she was a finalist for the National Prize for Visual Arts Montevideo, Uruguay; Bonilla has also exhibited as part of Photomonth, Krakow, (2013) at Centre for Photography, Stockholm (2010) and Nurture Art, NY (2010). Her videos have been screened at Arnolfini, Bristol (2010), at Charlie Dutton Gallery, London (2013), at EyeBeam, NY (2013), amongst others.
Bonilla first studied Fine Art as New World School of the Arts, Miami Florida (1997-99) to later complete her MFA At Chelsea College of Art and Design UK (2004-06).She currently lives and works in Margate, UK. Bonilla is represented by Galeria del Paseo, Lima, Peru – Punta del Este -Uruguay.
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