Residency Period: January - December 2016
Monica McGivern is a multi-media artist best known for her still photography documentation of contemporary art culture, urban development, and underground music in South Florida.
Her practice explores the role of photography, both analog and digital, in a contemporary society as art object, and witness.
McGivern studied editorial photography at the Art Institute of Ft Lauderdale, and established her career photographing for publications such as The Palm Beach Daily News, The Miami Herald, Miami New Times, OOR Muzikant Magazine (Netherlands,) and NEWCITY (Chicago.)
She has exhibited in group shows at the Bass Museum of Contemporary Art, Locust Projects, The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, had work projected in Times Square, The Sony World Photography Awards in Cannes, France with Saatchi Gallery, and broadcasted on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
In 2015 she was voted “Best Visual Artist” by readers of the Broward Palm Beach New Times, Voice Media Group, and selected by ADOBE as one of Miami’s top 15 photographers to participate in the inaugural Adobe Creative Cloud #MiamiPhotoJam.
Looking forward, Monica is excited to present a ten year archive of the South Florida music scene for discussion and dissemination, and continue experimentations to define photography’s role in preserving a cultural heritage through direct collaboration with musicians, artists, gallerists, collectors, and museums.
McGivern is influenced by the civil disobedient, Henry David Thoreau, the visual light poetry and philosophies of Ernst Haas, and stage antics of Iggy Pop.