Wide Receivers

Mónika Sziládi

My work investigates how the construction of the human subject may or may not be independent from acts of--and a culture of--consumption. American commerce offers broad opportunities for individuals to re-describe themselves while simultaneously, through advertising and media imagery, proposes contrived and set categories for consumers to simulate. I capture moments and explore environments where subjects are caught negotiating these two poles--one of sweeping possibility and self-recreation, the other of handed-down poses and acquiescence to the constraints of overriding trends and fads. I am interested in exploring how our perception of reality and artifice has changed since our first amazement at the effects of media half a decade ago: does mass communication have an evolutionary effect on human interaction and behavior?

In Wide Receivers I examine how society and human behavior are becoming simultaneously tribalized and atomized amidst the ever increasing noise of mass (over)communication, digital media, and self-broadcasting. My photographs are digital collages constructed from images that I shoot at public relations, networking events and at meet-ups of subcultures that were formed and (or) are operating as a result of social connectivity on the Internet. Compositing and cropping the source photos heightens the intragroup dynamics and throws off the viewer's ability to find a primary point-of-view, thus generating an underlying disruption: the participants, while appearing connected within a social network, also appear atomized in a contrived pose or uncertain gesture.

Untitled (Pledge), 2010, Archival Inkjet Print, 20x38 inches


Untitled (Golden Paw), 2011, Archival Inkjet Print, 20x39.5 inches


Untitled (Ribs), 2009, Archival Inkjet Print, 20x36 inches


Untitled (Bar), 2009, Archival Inkjet Print, 20x42 inches


Untitled (Hair), 2010, Archival Inkjet Print, 20 x 40.75 inches

Mónika Sziládi was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary and lives in New York. She holds an MFA in Photography from Yale (2010) and a Maitrise in Art History and Archaeology from Sorbonne, Paris (1997). In 2008 she received the Gesso Foundation Fellowship to attend Skowhegan and she is a 2012 resident at Smack Mellon. She is a winner of The Philadelphia Museum of Art Photography Competition (2010), a recipient of the Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship (2010) and a Juror's Pick by Julie Saul and Alec Soth, Work-in-Progress Prize, Daylight/CDS Photo Awards. Selected exhibitions include Point of Purchase, DUMBO Arts Center, NYC (2006); Lost and Found, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, Germany (2007); Designations, NT Gallery, Bologna, Italy (2008); Market Forces, Carriage Trade Gallery, NYC and Galerie Erna Hecey, Brussels (2009); US Featured Exhibition, Flash Forward Festival, Toronto (2010); 31 Women in Art Photography, Hasted Kraeutler, NYC. (2012). msziladi.com