Monica Bonvicini (1965-) Italy

Monica Bonvicini is an Italian sculptor, video installation, and visual artist. She was born in Venice and works in Berlin. She has studied with artists such as Michael Asher. Bonvicini’s work explores aggression; chains and bullet holes are recurring motifs in her pieces. The work Built for Crime, which was installed at Tate Liverpool in 2006, displays that aggression. Bonvicini’s piece Don’t Miss a Sec (2004) is a public toilet with transparent walls, and refers to social reformer Jeremy Bentham’s (1748-1832) idea of creating a prison in which the prisoners are under constant supervision. The piece was on display for some time on London Square, Bentham’s intended site for the prison.

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