My art practice includes multiple mediums of art such as: photography, collage, collage-objects, drawing, painting, digital media, short films, installation and performance. Topics included personal experiences, issue of identity, gender, women, feminism, close friends, sex, love & hate. My art is very feminine, delicate and erotic. I am playing with the limits of identity along with the boundaries of different media especially collage. Using an auto-reflective approach to art - I’m expressing very directly my own experiences. Monika Sigeti
The work of Monika Sigeti entail a specific artistic practice, based on exploring and presenting everyday (un)ordinary human behavior through media: an urge to collect, archive, compile. In a studio setting through the act of collaging, Monika Sigeti reconstructs photographs of a collected inventory – newspapers, printed fabric, shoes, bottles of perfume, jewelry, self portraits – therefore by retaking she places them in new symbolic narratives. In her work the author paraphrases/transcribes actions in life and localizes her everyday as the context of research, appropriation and gestural intervention. Having this in mind, the photo collages of Monika Sigeti function in a successful way in pointing out general conditions in society but also the individual sociological dilemmas of the author as an individual. Andrea Palasti
Name: Mónika Szigeti Address: Somborski bulevar 67/19 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia Tel: +38163305023 Mail: email@example.com Web: http://cargocollective.com/ monikasigeti
MÓNIKA SZIGETI - Visual Artist Born in 1979. lives and works in Novi Sad, Serbia.
EDUCATION: 2011 Academy of Art, Master degree, new media art, intermedia research and methods of fine arts, SR 2003 Academy of Art, Bachelor degree, painting, Novi Sad, SR 1998 Bogdan Suput, secondary school for design, Art technician, Novi Sad, SR SOLO EXIBITIONS: 2011 Accumulation – My intimate worlds, Cultural Center of Novi Sad, Serbia 2011 Paris je t’aime – open studio, Paris, France 2010 Accumulation – Subject positioned in the false reality, Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia 2008 She’s in Parties, interactive installation (part of Smell, try, write, curator Svetlana Mladenov), Night of Museums, Museum Of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia 2008 Women, collages, Cultural Center of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia 2006 At Home,..Living,..Enjoying, mixed media, Gallery Tableau, Novi Sad, Serbia 2004 The Play With Man, photo-installation, Gallery Dom Omladine, Belgrade, Serbia
GROUP EXIBITIONS: 2013 CLOSE-UP&BLOW-UP: Re-constructing the photographic image, Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia 2012 East-West, 30x30, Contemporary Gallery, Zrenjanin, Serbia 2012 33rd meeting of watercolorist, Contemporary Gallery AC Ecka, Zrenjanin, Serbia 2011 Intimacy, Collection of Rajko Mamuzic, Novi Sad, Serbia 2011 13th Contemporary Art festival - Plein Art, Budapest, Hungary 2009 38th Novosadski Salon, Micro Maneuver, Collection of Rajko Mamuzic, Novi Sad, Serbia 2009 BEHIND THE BARRIER, Contemporary Photography From Novi Sad, Fotogalerie im Grazer Rathaus, Austria 2009 Žena okom žene, The position of women in Vojvodina - on the road to gender equality, photo exhibition, group ExPosition, The Gallery Of Photo/Cinema Association Of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Pancevo, Serbia 2008 37th Novosadski Salon, The Body of the New Millennium, Gallery Zlatno Oko, Novi Sad, Serbia 2008 Paint of state – state of paint, project Art in Vojvodina Now, cities of Vojvodina, Serbia 2008 Youth Pallets, Vrbas, Serbia 2007 Lollypop – Body & Consumption, Museum Of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia 2007 Third International exhibition of Art flags, Novi Sad, Sebia
2006 Youth Pallets, Vrbas, Serbia 2006 Terminal, Novi hram gallery, Sarajevo, BIH 2006 Gallery SULUV, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2005 TERMINAL005, balkanart festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia 2005 Exhibition of illustrations H.C. Andersens fairy tails, Gallery/bibliothek of Matica Srpska, Novi Sad, Serbia 2004 ANTI THESIS: Art in Vojvodina on the end of XX and beginning XXI century, Umjetnička galerija Bosne i Hercegovine, Sarajevo, BIH 2003 Step. Step forward. Two steps forward… Art in Vojvodina, New position…move over, The Center For Visual Culture - Zlatno Oko in co-operation with Museum Of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Serbia 2003 32nd Novosadski Salon, Gallery Podrum, Serbia 2003 REAL PRESENCE 3 - Generation 2003, international workshop, Museum 25 Maj, Belgrade, Serbia 2003 Female Handwriting, paintings, Gallery Podrum, Novi Sad, Serbia 2003 Woman, photograph exhibition, The Gallery Of Photo/Cinema Association Of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia 2002 31st Novosadski Salon, Gallery Spens, Serbia 2002 3rd Biennal exhibition of photographs of students from The Academy Of Arts, Novi Sad in gallery ART-GET, Belgrade, Novi Sad, Oslo 2001 Iside The Circle - Galerija likovnog Kruga, Petrovaradinska tvrdjava, Novi Sad, Serbia 2001 PUBLICUM calendar - LIFE for 2002, Art station, Belgrade, Serbia 2001 XI Biennale of students drawings, Studentski grad, Belgrade, Serbia 2001 41st Golden Pen of Belgrade and 6 International Biennial of Illustrations - Gallery Progres, Belgrade, Serbia 2000 EXIT - music festival, video works, Novi Sad, Serbia ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCY: 2011 Cite internationale des Arts, Paris, France 2003 Real Presence 3, international workshop, Museum 25th May, Belgrade, Serbia
PUBLICATIONS: 2012 Tensionfield, Contemporary photography, Collaboration project of Photon association (Ljubljana), Cultural City Network Graz, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rijeka and Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad 2011 Intimnost: Galerija likovne umetnosti, Poklon zbirka Rajka Mamuzića, autor izložbe i teksta Nebojša Milenković, ISBN 978-86-85365-37-9 2008 PROJEKAT Umetnost u Vojvodini, maj – decembar, ISBN 978-86-905137-3-4 2008 NOVOSADSKI salon (37 ; 2008 ; Novi Sad) Telo u novom milenijumu, ISBN 978-86-7931-138-2 2007 Lilihip - telo i konzumacija = Lollypop - body & consumption, Sanja Kojić Mladenov ISBN -10 86-847773-31-4 2006 MADE In Novi Sad, (savremena umetnička scena), ISBN 86-909377-0-6, 2006 2004 ANTI TEZA Umetnost u Vojvodini na kraju XX i početkom XXI veka, Muzej savremene likovne umetnosti, tekst: Suzana Vuksanović, Nebojša Milenković, ISBN 86-84773-06-3 2003 KORAK. KORAK NAPRED.. DVA KORAKA NAPRED... Umetnost u Vojvodini: Naj/Mlađi, Ne/Poznati, Ne/Prepoznati, Posebno izdanje Časopisa za kritiku, istoriju i teoriju umetnosti ANOMALIJA, Muzej savremene likovne umetnosti, Novi Sad , ISBN 86-84773-09-8 2002 PUBLICUM calendar LIFE for 2002, Belgrade AWARDS: 2009 Third prize for photography, Žena okom žene, Photo/Cinema Association Of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia 2008 Premium Njaradi colony in 2008 under the Youth Pallets, Vrbas, Serbia
Mixed media & In situ installation Various dimension Created for the project CLOSE-UP&BLOW-UP: Re-constructing the photographic image; Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia. Curated by Andrea Palasti The altar is a center of worship and ritual place. I wanted to point out the intimate, different approach to religion/spirituality â€“ I created my own altar at which I was positioned as the main actor, the god, the victim. I do not turn to a higher power but myself. I sacrificed myself in the context of inserting woman into sacred space â€“ atypical for women as the second sex. The materials I use are often different papers that are generally used once and thrown, but for me the papers are my precious materials to achieve the airy atmosphere that I want to highlight in my works. Also there is a photography that I use obsessively, recording every movement of my existence. This visual diary later serves me as an excellent library from which I pull out not only inspiration but also specific material for my work. So in this case I used my private photo-documentation of Versailles. I transferred the splendor of the palace into the altar.
Installation view of Revealing at the CLOSE-UP&BLOW-UP: Re-constructing the photographic image; Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2013.
Details, Revealing, Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2013.
Details, Revealing, Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2013.
Collages, Revealing, 2013. In my art practice from a personal point of view I analyze my own experience and the relationship of man and woman in the twenty-first century. Stereotypes, outdated values, conflicts and passion are part of my interest. From my position of a woman - the male-dominated world is necessary to overrule and overcome.
HIDDEN CONFLICTS 2012/13
Watercolours - autobiographic (in process) Dimension: 56x76cm Created for the project: Female group watercolors - workshop, Contemporary Gallery AC Ecka, Zrenjanin, Serbia, 2012. Curated by Slavica Popov Although very gentle, feminine and erotic, some of these works are on the verge of aggression and hatred. Love and hate are omnipresent, but one of them always has to overpower the other and take over more space. They as a conflicting concepts canâ€™t one without the other. A series of watercolors present woman and her gentle, sensitive nature with all scars and trauma layers - layers that are cleverly hide beneath the apparent softness. Divided role of women carries a great burden. Might need to completely overturn traditional values in order to come up with innovative solutions in the understanding of the relationship of man and woman, and thus we can introduce a new practice in female-male relation.
Another body, watercolour, 2013.
My cold bath, watercolour, 2012.
Persecutor or love, watercolour, 2012.
Suprise, watercolour, 2012.
Birth at the family dinner, watercolour, 2012.
1 part of Accumulation project - Subject positioned in the false reality 2 part of Accumulation project - My intimate worlds Digital photographs, lambda prints, 15 photographs, 50x76cm Digital photo-collage, print on fabric, 100x400cm Collage objects installation, various dimensions Video, My intimate worlds (6 min.) Gallery of Cultural Center Novi Sad, Serbia, 2011. Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2010. These photographs represent different compositions which I formed by creating mini installations in front of natural light. They are made of papers and small elements from my surrounding, including my self-portraits printed on paper and cut afterwards. Every installation I photographed separately and disarranged it after to make another. Visual appearance of photography was affected by weather changes and time of day. Combination of light and papers, which are overlapping with other elements, makes weightless and movable pictures. All of these dazzling colors, shadows, light projections and lacy structures transmit rhythm of my emotions. I present my intimate, seemingly isolated world. Contemporary life and information availability overrun our individual reality.
Installation view, Gallery of Cultural Center Novi Sad, Serbia, 2011.
Collage-objects, Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2010.
Photography, Accumulation, 2010.
Work process, installation is prepared for the photographing, 2010.
SMALL POSSESSIONS 2010
Part of Accumulation exhibition Digital photographs - lambda prints, 10 photographs Various dimension Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2010
Photographs, Small Possessions, My glass bottles, 2010.
Photography, Small Possessions, My handbags, 2010.
SHEÂ´S ON PARTIES 2008
Collage installation and performance Dimensions: 300x100cm and 200x100cm Created for the project: Smell, Try, Write, the Night of Museums, Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2008. Curated by Svetlana Mladenov Collages are part of the installation set up as hanging objects in space. I used colored cellophane so collages will become more transparent. Colored shadows appear on the walls caused by beams of light that pass through the cellophane. Shadows repeat collage, but not complete, singling out certain segments (forms).
Installation view, Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2008.
From the opening, author lies down, part of performance prepared for visitors at Night of the Museums, Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2008.
Installation view, Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2008.
Collage objects - installation Dimensions: approx 100x70cm Gallery of the Cultural Center of Novi Sad, 2008. The installation consists of ten collages made of thin transparent paper. They require light behind them to be viewed completely. Collages are like fabrics due to their wrinkles and junctures, female bodies are shown on them. I have presented an intimate space of women. Women are an integral part of each collage and the main topic, treated as an objects of manipulation in time in which they live - the modern absurdity. Often duplicated, merged and deformed, they reveal consciousness of women, their fear and facing with themselves and changes. They are lost in the time limits and brought into a state of rigidity, the destruction of individuality and uniqueness. Restraint before the aggressive act, tension, contiguity with madness, stillness and harmony, all is carried with them.
Collages, Gallery of the Cultural Center of Novi Sad, 2008.
WHAT IS THE ORDINARY LIFE? 2008/09
Digital photographs Various dimension Intimacy, curator NebojĹĄa MilenkoviÄ‡, Collection of Rajko Mamuzic, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2011 Behind the Barrier, curator Svetlana Mladenov, Contemporary Photography From Novi Sad, Fotogalerie im Grazer Rathaus, Austria, 2009 8th Novosadski Salon, Micro Maneuver, Collection of Rajko Mamuzic, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2009 Scenes from daily life are presented. Created situations are there to imitate documentary photography. I ask the question: what is the ordinary life? I do not want to give an answer but that through the imitation of life I experience something different.The scenes were inspired by ordinary objects that surround us. I compose photographs to build more narrative units.
AT HOME,..LIVING,..ENJOYING 2006
Digital photographs Digital collages, A4 Collage-installation The Play with Man, 2002 Various dimension Part of exhibition At Home,..Living,..Enjoying, Gallery Tableau, Novi Sad, 2006. The topic that I elaborated on these small collages is the man, effeminate and androgynous in the interior or exterior. It was created after a series of photographs: The Play with Man. I used a thin, easily volatile paper that fades to light. It is drawing in combination with different types of glued paper.
Setting-up the collages, Gallery Tableau, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2006.
Collage, Gallery Tableau, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2006.
Installation view, Gallery Tableau, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2006.
Collages, The Play with Man, 2002.
Video/Ambient-installation/Performance Organisation: Biljana TomiÄ‡ and Dobrila Denegri Participants: Monika Sigeti, Cecilia Hajzler Real Presence 3 - Generation 2003, International workshop, The Museum of the 25th of May, Belgrade, Serbia We decided to play and act in the project called Home, interactivelly connecting with the visitors in which they could follow the making of our artificial home, or accuratelly the replacement of the exsisting one. That space was a reflection of our inner feel of the familiar interior-house-home. That construction are made of fabrics and found furniture, as well as our own accessories which were purposly brought to contribute the whole feel of a cosy and welcoming home. Those were nostalgic recalls of our childhood and a farewell to the certain period of our lifes. In unfamiliar and new space, durring 10 days, we were playing with athmosphere and performing different actions: sewing doll clothes, baking cookies for our guests, making our bed in which we were playing with flowers, photographing the process and spontaniously capturing the moments and exibiting them afterwards. We made a border of cookies around our area, but comfortable space let and welcomed visitors in. There were no walls, but some visitors were scared to come in. Just the few of the brave came in. The project culminates on the last day - at the opening, with the arrival of more public - then the video Home was filmed. In video other people entered our little and intimate world.
Workshop in process, The Museum of the 25th of May, Belgrade, Serbia, 2003.
From the opening, video documented performance, The Museum of the 25th of May, Belgrade, Serbia, 2003.
THE PLAY WITH MAN 2002
Photographs b/w, 40 photographs Dimension: 26x37cm Photographs colour, 8 photographs Dimension: 45x60cm Lollypop â€“ Body & Consumption, Museum Of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2007. Gallery Dom omladine, Belgrade, Serbia, 2004. The Play with Man started as a spontaneous game with my boyfriend. The story evolved during 2002 as I recognized that this game helps me canalize my ideas. I put a straight man into a transsexual role which was unpleasant and unnatural to him. As the number of photographs grow, the model responded to the game and got accustomed with the role I forced on him.