Born in Colombia in 1964, Monika Ruiz-B attended the Fine Arts Schools of Boston, in United States and Aix-en-Provence in France. Her photographic practice, very focused on portrait, brought her to meet her subjects according to her wanderings. She has produced a series of gypsies in Douchy-les-Mines in the region Nord-Pas de Calais, another series on people of Oaxaca, Mexico, the musicians from Boston or the South American community in San Francisco.
Based in Marseille since 2003, after many back and forth trips to the United States, she has been pursuing her photographic reports, insatiable explorer of neighborhoods of the city and its inhabitants. She also puts a lot of effort with city stakeholders in innovative artistic approaches, particularly in conjunction with the Centaur Theatre, adventure of “upheavals Centauri” surprises wandering horses and riders within the city.
Meanwhile, she developed a research on the urban landscape, which emerges in the series “Port Folio”, images from industrial Marseille harbour (Port Autonome de Marseille), selected for the Rencontres Internationales d’Arles or “Latent Images,” illustrated by a series of text from Fernando Pessoa.
Finally, she continues to experiment new ways of expression and has exhibit in Antwerp and Brussels two color sets in 2011: “Aquabon”, which by a set of images immersed in water, introduces the concepts of memory and time, and “Biodiversity “, staging tragic or humorous animal figurines in a chaotic and hypocritical world.
Monika has been extensively exhibited in many continents and continues to explore the boundaries and great possibilities of the medium through a variety of personal projects, always deeply engaged in her continuing work.
“My photographic practice is deeply rooted in the portrait, I feel concerned with the character and psychology of the human being. Through the portrait I multiply exploration attempts of human interiority without being certain, however, to achieve truly delve into the intricacies of the human mind, or translate the plastic sense, it shows me and makes sense. I often think of this Giacometti’sreflection: ” “I will never get to put in a picture all the strength he has in mind. The mere fact of living, it will already require such and such energy. “
“My photography focuses on the quest to become -if possible – the artistic dramatization of my own inner feelings, the depths of my experiences, my relationship with the visible world.”
“My photos also reflect a personal commitment, a position. They should be seen as an act of participation and reporting rather than an act of registration.”