Wide Receivers is a series of panoramic digital collages that are constructed using images I shoot at public events, such as talent competitions, promotional events, fashion shows, networking parties, etc. The basis for creating a mise-en-scène from the original source photos is to heighten the playful and fantastic inter-group dynamic while simultaneously generating an underlying disruption: the participants, while seeming present, also appear partly atomized in either a contrived pose or an uncertain gesture. Are they actively engaged in a playful, self-expressive inventiveness or are they constrained by a desire to simulate poses drawn from popular media and advertising?
MFA, Photography, Yale School of Art (2010)
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2008)
BA (Maitrise), Art History, Sorbonne, Paris (1997)
Monika Sziladi was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary. She currenlty lives and works in New York City. She is a second year student in the Yale MFA program in Photography. In 2008 she received the Skowhegan Fellowship to attend the summer residency program of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She was included in the exhibitions: Point of Purchase at the DUMBO Arts Center, New York; Lost and Found at the Staatlche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, Germany; Market Forces, Part II: Consumer Confidence at Carriage Trade Gallery, New York and Galerie Erna Hecey in Brussels; Designations at NT Gallery, Bologna, Italy; Photo Biennial at the Instiute of Contemporary Art, Dunaujvaros, Hungary; Domestic Goods at AIR Gallery, New York.