Milena Bonilla was born in 1975 in Bogota, Colombia, and she currently lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
She graduated in Visual Arts at the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogotá in 2000, and followed a post-academic working period at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam during 2009 – 2010.
Milena Bonilla is interested in the images that societies build to represent and consume themselves. This transactional ideology is navigated through her work, in order to play with the different forms in which control is implemented on different bodies and agencies.
Parallel to this and in dialogue with it, Bonilla’s work is also invested into look and play with the notion of knowledge, and the variations in form that such idea takes to gain legitimacy and acquire the status of real.
The artist uses a variety of media in her production including installations, video, performance, drawing, text, public interventions and photography. Her work has been shown and performed in different international venues, including Garage, Rotterdam; The Mistake Room, Los Angeles Ca.; The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam; Ar/Ge Kunst, Bolzano; Kadist, San Francisco;The Jewish Museum, New York; MAMM, Medellín; Spring Workshop in Hong Kong; CA2M Madrid; MNBA, Buenos Aires; The Photographer’s Gallery and the International Institute of Visual Arts in London; Witte de With in Rotterdam; Konstall C, Stockholm; Marrakech and Shangai Biennial’s parallel projects, and the 12th. Istanbul, 10th. Havana and 3rd. Bucharest Biennials.
Milena Bonilla is currently a recipient of The Work Award Proven Talent, given by the Mondriaan Fonds in The Netherlands.