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 myself 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‘s reflection: “ “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.”
2017 Rencontres photographiques de Cassis 3° edition, Cassis, France.
2016 Une par jour, Montelimar, France.
Open Studio, Marseille-Provence-2016, France.
4H du matin. Ecole Axe Sud. Marseille. France.
Marche de Noël. L’Espace GT et Mundart. Marseille. France.
Image Latente. Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. Tampa, FL, USA.4
2015 Marche de Noël. L’Espace GT and Mundart. Marseille. France.
À la manière de..Francis Bacon. Fotonoviembre Internatinal Photography Biennial. Atlantic Group.Tenerife,Spain.
Image Latente. The studio@620location.UPA Gallery. Saint Petesburg, FL, USA.
Aquabon. Photo Aix 2015, Regatrdss Croisés et les Parcours. Aix-en-Provence, France. Biodiversity et Les Gitans de Douchy. Keo, Exposition dédiée à la photographie contemporaine. Albi, Fance.
Histoire courte. Collective Exhibition. Ecole Aix-sud. Marseille. France .
Division. FotografiaEuropea, circuit OFF. Reggio Emilia. Italie.
J’aimerais tant voir Syracuse, La photo de famille et l’antique. Exposition collective. Musée Départemental
Arles Antique. Arles. FranceLes Gitans de Douchy. First edition. Photographic meeting of Cassis. France.
A la manière de.. Francis Bacon.Exposition collective. Mairie du 2/3. Marseille.France
2014 Marche de Noël. L’Espace GT and Mundart. Marseille. France.
Time is coming and Until tomorrow. Siel de Paris/Digigraphy. Paris. France.
A la manière de.. Francis Bacon.Exposition collective. Axe Sud. Marseille.France. The Douchy Gipsy Community.Head ON photo festival. Home735- Sydney, Australia. Biodiversity. Rencontre de la Photo 2014 -Chabeuil. France. September
Blue Regard. Exposure. See.me 2014.USA
2013 Art Takes Miami.See.me.Scope Miami Beach 2013. -Miami, FL.USA.
Aquabon. XII Fotonoviembre International Photography Biennial. Atlantic Group. -Tenerife, Spain.
1972 and the world turns. (72 subject matter of the exhibition). La Tangente Gallery and GT – Marseilles, France.
J’habite ICI. Photo contest proposed for 14UNIS and Marseille-Provence 2013-Aix-en- Provence, Trets, Rousset, Marseilles, France.
Reflejo de si y Aquabon. Photographic meetings of Salaisien – Salaisien sur Sanne, France.
Il était une fois. Slideluckportland. -Portland, OR, USA.
Biodiversity. Exhibition “De Anima”. Consulate of de Colombia – Paris, France.
Mist. Comtemporary Art Gallery (GAC) – Annonay, Francia.
The story of the creativitie. See.me Exhibition Space -Long Island city, NY. USA.
02 / 13×13 26 artists, 26 frames. La Tangente-nómada Gallery by the Alter Off 2013 – Marseilles, France .
Au pays des merveilles. Le Kawawatei – Marseilles, France.
2011 En el país de las certezas maravillosas y Porfolio. Expo-sale of the association “De l’ or dans les mains”- Marseille, France.
Imagen latente. La Roquette – Arles, France.
Surgimiento de Centauro. Centaur Theatre – Marseilles, France.
Surgimiento de Centauro. Quadrissimo Gallery – Marseilles, France.
Biodiversity and Aquabon. Oldest Gallery CampoCampo and Auction house – Antwerp, Belgium.
Biodiversity and Aquabon. Space Art Gallery – Brusels, Belgium.
2010 Porfolio. Corbusier’s Radiant city – Marseilles, France.
Images of Marseille. Participationn slideshows. Festival street photography ” Melón rojo ” –
Phnom Penh, Cambodgia.
The keys of the docks. CEREQ – Marseille, France.
2007 Images of Boston. FêtArt – Univers Gallery – París, France.
Porfolio. Bookshop Gallery of theEdición Imbernon – Marseilles, France. Porfolio. Club Pernod – Marseilles, France.
2003 Au pays des merveilles. National University of Colombia-Bogota,Colombia.
2001 Cultura viva. The Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center – Boston, MA. USA. Mostly Portraits. Open studio- Cambridge, MA. USA.
2000 Blue Night. Harbor Gallery – University of Massachusetts, MA. USA.
1997 Nulle par ailleurs. Laureate of the price of the juror ILFORD 97.France.
Mémoire gustative, Noailles and Belsunce. Gallery Grands Bains Duches de la Plain – Marseille, France.
Ilustration de la parole. Gallery Grands Bains Duches de la Plain – Marseille, France.
Ports. Festival Voies OFF – Arles, France.
Self-portrait. Gallery Là-Bas – Marseille, France.
Vie d’ici, Vue de là. Library Méjanes -Aix-en-Provence, France.
Vie d’ici, Vue de là. Regional Center of Photography – Douchy-les-Mines, France.
1996 Reason to smile. Participation and contribution to the accomplisment of Jochen and Esther GERZ’s book – Arles, France.
Numerical Sablitude. Gallery Susini -Aix-en-Provence, France.
1994 Déclination du pixel. School of Fines Arts – Aix-en-Provence, France. 1992 America. Raza Gallery -San Francisco, CAL. USA.