Mónika Sziládi

New York City
1974, Budapest

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 Maîtrise 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), a Juror’s Pick by Julie Saul and Alec Soth, Work-in-Progress Prize, Daylight/CDS Photo Awards (2010) and the recipient of Humble Arts' Fall 2012 New Photography Grant. 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).

Wide Receivers

In Wide Receivers I am interested in 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 networking events, conventions, 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.

A longer reading of this statement is available here.


MFA, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT.

Maîtrise (BA), Art History and Archaeology, Université Paris IV/Sorbonne, Paris, France


Grants, Awards, Fellowships, Residencies

Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program and Fellowship
New Photography Grant, Humble Arts Foundation

Winner of the Philadelphia Museum of Art 2010 Photography Portfolio Competition
Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship
Juror’s Pick by Julie Saul and Alec Soth, Work-in-Process Prize, Daylight/CDS Photo Awards:
“Five pictures, five killers. This is remarkable work.” —Alec Soth

Shickle-Collingsworth Prize, Finalist

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Gesso Foundation Fellowship .


31 Women in Art Photography curated by Natalia Sacasa, Senior Director, Luhring Augustine and Jon Feinstein, Curatorial Director, Humble Arts Foundation, Hasted Kraeutler, New York, NY.
The Architecture of Space curated by Darren Ching and Debra Klomp Ching, Kompching Gallery, New York, NY.
Tabula Rasa curated by Aimee Burg, Curious Matter, Jersey City, NJ.

US Featured Exhibition: The Architecture of Space, curated by Darren Ching and Debra Klomp Ching, Flash Forward Festival, Toronto, Canada.
Photography Portfolio Competition, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA.
Daylight / CDS Photo Awards, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC.
Homo Ludens XVII Photography Biennial, Esztergom, Hungary
Yale MFA Thesis Exhibition, Green Gallery, New Haven, CT.
Stranger Than Fiction, 25CPW, organized by Helac and Wirth Art Advisory, New York.
28 Rue Bonaparte, organized by Tauromakia, B.E.S., New York.
David Weinberg Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Eighth Veil, Los Angeles, CA.
Wide Receivers, Godot Galeria, Budapest, Hungary.
Wide Receivers, Holdudvar, Budapest, Hungary.

Future Days, curated by Ron Rocheleau and Justin Warsh, CAN, New York.
Photo Biennial, Institute of Contemporary Art, Dunaújváros, Hungary.
The World According To…, curated by Agnes Berecz, PhD, lecturer at the MoMA, Hungarian Cultural Center, New York.
Market Forces, curated by Peter Scott, Galerie Erna Hecey, Brussels, Belgium.
Glam Shackle & Spice, curated by Eun Young Choi, Satori Gallery, New York.

Random Utterness, curated by Agnes Berecz, PhD, lecturer at the MoMA, Hungarian Cultural Center, New York.
Not Compulsory, Studio Galeria, Budapest.
Market Forces, Part II: Consumer Confidence, curated by Peter Scott, Carriage Trade Gallery, New York (cat.).
Designations, curated by Gabriela Galati, NT Gallery, Bologna, Italy

Photo Biennial, Institute of Contemporary Art, Dunaújváros, Hungary (cat.)

Lost and Found, curated by Dr. Fritz Emslander, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany (cat.); MODEM, Debrecen, Hungary (cat.).

Domestic Goods, curated by Agnes Berecz, PhD, lecturer at the MoMA, A.I.R. Gallery, New York.
Point of Purchase, curated by Gretchen Wagner, curatorial assistant at the MoMA, D.U.M.B.O. Arts Center, New York.

When We Were Young, Foley Gallery, New York.
Taboo, juried by Jerry Saltz, Studio Montclair, Montclair, New Jersey.

Public Collections

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Selected Articles and Catalogues

Lisa J. Curtis, “Feeling Spent,” Go Brooklyn, August 26, 2006.
Lost and Found (cat.), Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden/Snoeck, Germany, 2006.

Augenblicke des Nichtstuns, Ausstellung “Lost and Found”: Monika Sziladis Fotografien aus der Serie “Still” in der Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Badisches Tagblatt, Dec 29, 2006.

Dunaújvárosi Fotóbiennálé, 2007 (cat.), ICA, Dunaújváros, Hungary, 2007.
Market Forces, by Peter Scott, 2008/2009.
Dunaújvárosi Fotóbiennálé, 2009 (cat.), ICA, Dunaújváros, Hungary, 2009.
Gallery Beat, New York Press, June 18, 2009.
The Moment: Now Hanging | The Girlie Show, by Maura Egan, The New York Times, Jun 30, 2009.
Ölebek és Partyarcok, Sziládi Mónika: Szélessávú vevők, Godot Galéria, by Éva Ibos, Revizor, 2010.
Imitation of life - Sziládi Mónika kiállításáról, by “jepe”, CSPV-Kult, 2010
PDN, Photo of the day, June, 2010.
Interview, CDS Porch – Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, October 2010.
W Obsessions, Section W: Fashion.Faces.Finds, August 2011.
8x10 Magazine, Fall 2011
Words with Pictures, a series curated by Conveyor Editor, Dominica Paige, Conveyor Arts Blog, Nov, 2011.
Art Projects, Supernature Issue, Drain Magazine, Spring 2012.
Blake Gopnik, Skin, Bones and Beauty, The Daily Pic, The Daily Beast, August 15, 2012.
Allison Meier, Sur La Table: Artists Reinvent the Table at Curious Matter, Blouin Artinfo, Aug 20, 2012
Joann Kim Nunez, Navigating the 2012 Dumbo Arts Festival, Hyperallergic, Sep 25, 2012
Today's Flak Photo, The Flak Photo Collection, flakphoto.com, Oct 5, 2012.

Teaching and Lectures

Visiting Artist, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.
Visiting Artist, The New School, New York, NY.
Visiting Critic, County College of Morris, Randolph, NJ.

Adjunt Lecturer of Art, Drew University, Madison, NJ.

Visiting Artist, Yale University, New Haven CT.
Visiting Artist, Laguardia Community College, CUNY, Long Island City, NY.
Visiting Artist, The College of New Rochelle, Bronx, NY.


Senior Member – FKSE (Association of Young Visual Artists), Hungary.

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