Monya Riachi – Graduate Award Scheme winner

30th January

Monya Riachi is an interdisciplinary artist. Her practice is material driven and research-led and centers matter as a site of meaning, narrative and archive. She works across a range of
mediums including sculpture, installation, moving image, sound and writing. Born and raisedlain Lebanon before moving to the United Kingdom in 2013, her practice explores themes
around loss, ecological transformation, the governance of time and the politics of land. Drawn to materials that are at risk or under threat, she works in attunement with matter’s agency and temporality, guided by Karen Barad’s theory of agential realism – where matter is generative in bringing forth [new matter and] new worlds.

Monya is based London and works between the United Kingdom and Lebanon. She holds an MFA with distinction from Glasgow School of Art and has a prior background in architecture. Her work has been exhibited in Glasgow, Beirut and London. She was awarded a Material Futures residency at Cove Park in 2023 and completed a residency with Ashkal Alwan Beirut in 2022. She is the 2024 recipient of the Lewisham Arthouse Graduate Award.