Monica Bonvicini: her hand around the room

Wall maker: Monica Bonvicini delves into architectural divisions

Since her storied, mid-1990s video installation Wallfuckin', Italian artist Monica Bonvicini's practice has focused on two rather unusual themes: walls and sex. An extensive survey of the Berlin-based artist's work at Baltic Contemporary in Gateshead combines the two.

‘Monica is keenly aware of how architectural settings give meaning. Be it to us, or to objects, or to art,’ explains curator Laurence Sillars. ‘She’s always thinking about how associations shift according to how things are exhibited.’ This explains the labyrinthine display that overwhelms the museum's third floor. Bonvicini has not only filled the room with artworks (many of which are newly commissioned) but she has designed and constructed the space in which they're seen.

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