Monika Chlebek
You will know a man by his shoes
16th June- 10th July 2014

Monika Chlebek paints with the use of old forgotten photographs by creating collages of their selected fragments. The choice of the elements is purely intuitive. Yet, she consciously resigns from faces, thus making it impossible to recognise a person, gender, or age. A fragment of a painting is like a fragment of a memory; imagination has an almost unlimited room for manoeuvre. The viewer can individually create the “full painting”, continue the process initiated by Monika on his or her own. However, there is a doubt whether what the artist depicts is not a too specific, literal, fraction of an event; whether the used elements do not lead you to unambiguous interpretations.

Monika Chlebek – born in 1986. A graduate of the Faculty of Painting, the Academy of Fine Arts (ASP) in Krakow. A painter, drawer, author of collages. Had her debut in 2009, when she took part in a collective exhibition “Moon Hostel” in Zderzak Gallery in Kraków, with which she has been cooperating since then. Monika Chlebek has been represented also by YUKI-SIS Gallery in Tokyo since 2012. The artist participated in the Artist-in-Residence programme in Vienna. Took part in more than twenty collective and individual shows home and abroad. In 2012, she received the “2012 Promotions” Dolnośląskie Voivodship Marshal Award. The artist’s first solo exhibition has just ended in Japan. Chlebek lives and works in Kraków.

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