After studying visual arts at the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogota, she studied at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam (2009-2010).
Milena Bonilla’s research-based practice is currently invested in epistemological colonialism and the different ways it affects organisms, language and social structures. By identifying patters, gaps and silences within specific historical narratives, the artist draws tensions between predetermined political templates and uses of cognition. These conceptual and perceptual exercises appear weaved across the manifold material manifestations of her work.
Her work has been presented in several international institutions and events, such as Framer/Framed, Amsterdam (2019); Garage, Rotterdam (2018); The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (2018); Ar/Ge Kunst, Bolzano (2017); Kadist, San Francisco (2018); The Jewish Museum, New York (2017); MAMM, Medellín, Colombia (2015-2017); Spring Workshop, Hong Kong (2015); The Mistake Room, Los Angeles (2015); CA2M, Madrid (2015); MNBA, Buenos Aires; The Photographer’s Gallery (2013); The International Institute of Visual Arts, London (2010); Witte de With, Rotterdam (2010); Konstall C, Stockholm (2009); Marrakech Biennale (2014); 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012); 12th Istanbul Biennale (2011); 10th Havana Biennale, Cuba (2009) and 3rd Bucharest Biennale (2008).
In 2017, Milena Bonilla received The Work Award Proven Talent, awarded by the Mondriaan Fonds.