Orzinuovi (BS), 1979
Monica Carrera was born in Orzinuovi (Bs) in 1979 and graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in 2002. The first works are about the relationship between private and public sphere. This attitude had been deeply investigated in her final thesis on “Auguri Monica”, a relational art project experienced with S. Boccalini, M. Scotini, P. Almeoni at Bordone Gallery in Milan. During these years she had various exhibitions and participations in collective projects of public art and relational art: the most significant one is the collaboration with Wurmkos – which flows in “Tana”, a project presented at Villa Croce Museum in Genova. The following years are characterized by experimentation and research that will lead her to a personal art approach and language, expressed in three group exhibitions named “Not to die”, focused on the motivations and urgency of making art. The same interest in the art process leads her to conceive with F. Damiano “Case Sparse”, a residency project for artists and territorial enhancement, ran in Malonno (Bs) from 2012 to 2018. In this project she works with institutions (Valle Camonica Cultural District, Milan Polytechnic, Lombardy Region), art spaces (AplusB in Brescia, O ‘in Milan, GlogauAIR and Archive Books in Berlin) and international artists and curators. In June 2017 she participated in the foundation of C.AR.ME (www.carmebrescia.it), a cultural center in Brescia. In these years she focused her research basically on the use and the meaning of photography.
Both in 2019 and 2020 she got a mention from the jury in the “Photography” section of Combat Prize. In 2020 she took part in the group show “Gesto Zero. Istantanee 2020”, a traveling exhibition between Brescia (S. Giulia Museum), Cremona (Violin Museum) and Bergamo (Former church of Santa Maria Maddalena) conceived by M. Donzelli and curated by M. Galbiati together with ACME Art Lab, I. Bignotti and G. Fasol, with the collaboration of A. Marchetti Lamera. In 2020 she had a personal exhibition curated by M. Cortese “The antennas of Tangier look at the sea” presented in Bunkervik, a cultural space in Brescia. In 2022 she exhibited in “Museo Fattori” (Livorno) as finalist of Combat prize. In the same year, she took part in the traveling exhibit in Sardinia “What does indifference mean?” curated by M. Sgarra.