Priscilla Monge

born 1968

Priscilla Monge, ‘Ballerina’ 2000
Ballerina 2000
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Priscilla Monge (born 1968) is a Costa Rican artist. She is one of the best-known female artists from Central America.

She was born in San José and studied art at the University of Costa Rica. In 1994, she settled in Belgium, staying there four years; there, she met the artist Wim Delvoye who had a strong influence on her development as an artist. Now, she lives and works in San José.

Monge expresses herself through video art, installation art and photography. Her work often blends fragility and violence and is open to a multitude of interpretations. Because on the surface, all seems calm, the terror which lurks below the surface is more disturbing. Her work often deals with feminist issues.

Her work was included in the Venice Biennale in 2001 and again in 2013; she was also a participant in the Havana Biennial in 1997 and in the Liverpool Biennial in 2008.

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