* 1974, Thalwil, Switzerland
lives and works in London and Zurich
Monica Ursina Jäger is a Swiss artist living in London and Zurich. Working with drawing, collage, installation and video, her practice unfolds through a multidisciplinary reflection on concepts of space, landscape, and architecture that investigate the manyfold relationships in ecosystems. Fluctuating between the intuitive, narrative and factual Jäger scrutinizes processes of transformation, re-arrangement and mediation by unfixing the boundaries between artistic and scientific knowledge production. Her works trace the entanglements in post-natural landscapes, the agency of organic and inorganic matter and the complexities of time.

Monica Ursina Jäger is a research associate and lecturer at the Institute of Natural Resource Sciences IUNR, Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW. Since 2016 the transdisciplinary team develops new forms of dialogue between artistic practices and scientific research to tackle issues related to sustainability, ecology, climate change and planetary regeneration. Projects include urban interventions, green infrastructures, outdoor exhibitions and public gardens. She organises interdisciplinary symposia and workshops both in London and Switzerland.  Institute of Natural Resource Sciences ZHAW
2006-08 Goldsmiths, University of London, Master of Fine Art
1999 LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore
1997-2000    University for Art and Design, Lucerne, Switzerland, BA Art and Education
Awards, Residencies and Research
2022 Work Grant Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council
2020 Work Grant Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council
 Art Grant Canton Zurich Arts Council, Werkbeitrag Kanton Zürich
2018 Work Grant Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council
  Art Award UBS Culture Foundation
  Research Residency, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore
2017 Art Grant Canton Zurich Arts Council, Werkbeitrag Kanton Zürich
from 2016 Research associate at Institute of Natural Resource Sciences ZHAW in Sustainability Transformation Zürich
2014 Artist Residency, Coleman Project Space, London
2012 Art Grant UBS Culture Foundation
2009 Swiss Art Award (nominated)
2010 IBK Art Award in Drawing
2009 Swiss Art Award (nominated)
2008 Art Grant/Werkbeitrag Kanton Graubünden, Switzerland
2007 Swiss Art Award (winner)
2006 Grant Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland
2005 Artist Residency Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
Solo Shows (Selection)
2022 Liquid Territory - An Earthly Archive of Weathering Thoughts Kunstmuseum Olten
  Liquid Time Museum zu Allerheiligen Schaffhausen
  Shared Horizon. Kunst & Nachhaltigkeit Vol. 15 Die Mobiliar Bern
2021 Forest Tales and Emerald FictionsKunstraum Kreuzlingen, Tiefparterre Kreuzlingen
2020 Emerald FictionsWyss Academy for Nature Bern
2019 Shifting TopographiesMuseum Franz Gertsch Burgdorf
2015 Future Archaeologies – Your Assumptions Are My MemoriesGalerie Christinger de Mayo Zürich
2014 Weltenwürfe with Julia Steiner and Sandra Boeschenstein, Kunsthaus Grenchen
  Translocation Coleman Project Space London
2013 Para/Site Gallery Christinger de Mayo Zurich
  DisplaceGalerie Pfab Düsseldorf
  Terrain Vague Junge Kunst Wolfsburg
2011 Certitude of Speculative Thought Gallery Christinger de Mayo Zurich
  Back Dropsic! Raum für Kunst Lucerne
  Monica Ursina Jäger & Blue CurryNextex St. Gallen
2008 Monica Ursina JägerEnter, Kunstmuseum Thun
Group Shows (Selection)
2023 Time. An exploration of some notions of timeKunsthaus Zürich
  Reconnecting.Earth Art and Urban Nature, City of Geneva
  Politics of Plants Graphische Sammlung ETH Zürich at Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz
  Transformations, Works from the Mobiliar Art Collaction Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf
2022 The Other Kabul. Remains of the GardenKunstmuseum Thun curated by Susann Wintsch
 OPEN HOUSE. Habitat in Art, Architecture and DesignParc Lullin, Genthod/Geneva
  Back to the RootsWe are AIA Awareness in Art, curated by Martina Huber and Gianni Jetzer
  Soil to SoilAlte Fabrik Rapperswil
  Icone Vegetali. Art and Botanics in the 21st CenturyMuseo Villa dei Cedri Bellinzona
2021 GRUND Froh Ussicht Samstagern (with Saskia Edens and Sarah Masüger)
  Sharity Kunst(Zeug)Haus, Rapperswil
2020 Perspectives. La Collection d’Art Helvetia, Musée d'Art de Pully
  Werkschau 2020,  Art Grants Canton Zurich Arts Council, Museum Haus Konstruktiv
  Tomorrow is an Island NTU ADM Art, Design and Media Gallery Singapore collateral event of Singapore Biennale 2019
2019 Digital Dramatizations: Ecologies from the Future Center of Contemporary Art Plovdiv
  Memory of the Sublime, Landscape in the 21st CenturyMuseo Villa dei Cedri Bellinzona
  TRANSVERSAL. Landscapes from the CollectionBündner Kunstmuseum Chur
  Mimesis; Narrative; Against hegemony! APT Gallery London
2018 HeimspielKunsthalle St. Gallen
  Digital Ecologies - Operaismo NaturaleCenter of Contemporary Art Plovdiv
  HinterlandCorner College, Zürich curated by TETIGroup
  Fokus GRafikBündner Kunstmuseum Chur
2017 RefugiumSkulpturen Biennale Weiertal, Winterthur
2016 Art Awards City of ZurichHelmhaus, Zürich
  End!angered Species# TAUT, Kunstverein Wagenhallen Stuttgart
  Werkschau 2015Haus Konstruktiv Zürich
2014 Modell und UtopieTrudelhaus Baden
  The New InternationalGaleria Pilar Sao Paulo
  We Fragment, Collect and NarrateKunstmuseum Thun
2013 Ansichtssache LandschaftKunstverein Pforzheim
  BABEL - There's a Heaven above you!Kunstmuseum Olten
  SuperstructureArróniz Arte Contemporáneo Mexico City
2012 Ein zartes Schaudern, Fragmente der WirklichkeitKunst(Zeug)Haus Rapperswil (cat.)
  Mobile Territorien Kunstraum Baden
2011 Platznot-PlatzwechselBündner Kunstmuseum Chur
  Festival of the AnimalsMuseum Essl Vienna
  Much Ado about EverythingHaus für Kunst Uri
  Swiss Art Awards Art Basel
  S.A.G.SThe Woodmill London
  Long live Painting! Works from the CollectionMuseum Essl Vienna
2010 4. Biennale der ZeichnungKunstverein Eislingen
  Landschaft im WandelKunstmuseum Thun
2009 Swiss Art Awards Art Basel
  Compilation IVKunsthalle Duesseldorf
2007 Swiss Art Awards Art Basel
2006 Emerging Artists SwitzerlandEssl Collection Vienna
Collections and acquisitions
Graphische Sammlung ETH Zürich
Albertina Museum, Vienna
Bundner Kunstmuseum Chur
Kunstmuseum Thun
Kunstmuseum Olten
Public Art Collection Canton Zurich
Public Art Collection City of Zurich
Public Art Collection Canton Graubunden
Public Art Collection Canton St. Gallen
Art Collection Swiss Post
Bank Julius Baer Art Collection
Helvetia Art Collection
Die Kunstsammlung der Mobiliar
Raiffeisen Bank Switzerland
ZKB Zürcher Kantonalbank
Sparda Bank, Nordrhein Westfahlen
Holzer Collection, Vienna
Collection von Bartha, Basel
and further private collections in Switzerland, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, USA, Brazil, Japan
  Portfolio 2023
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