Ian Monk

Ian Monk is a British poet and translator, born in London in 1960. After studying classical literature at Bristol University, he joined Oulipo in 1998. Within the group, he developed new writing constraints and his poetry has been published in numerous journals. Ian Monk has also translated numerous authors, including Georges Perec, Raymond Roussel, Hugo Pratt and Daniel Pennac.

He now writes primarily in French, but in 2015 published a bilingual, self-translated (both ways) poetry collection, Les feuilles de yucca / Leaves of the Yucca (Contre-mur). He won the Scott Moncrieff Award in 2004 for his translation of Daniel Pennac's Monsieur Malaussène.


A conversation between the digital and the physical and 2023 Crypto Art Award Shortlist, The Lumen Prize.

“The poem-object is a composition that aims to combine resources from poetry and the visual arts, and to contemplate their capacity for mutual exaltation.”
— André Breton

Poème Objkt is a conversation between poetry and the visual arts brought to life through the liminal play of the physical and the digital. As contemporary expressions of Breton’s poem-object, the pieces in this exhibition present works of poetry, experimental writing and literature on the blockchain that enhance, reinvent and reimagine the relationship between the text and the image, the analog and the digital, ultimately opening up a space for dialogue that blurs and challenges the lines that divide.

This co-curation with L'Avant Galerie Vossen and theVERSEverse in Paris materializes in two parts:

Part 1 opened in October 2022. L’Avant Galerie Vossen and theVERSEverse curated the works of Sasha Stiles, Ross Goodwin, Ana María Caballero, aurèce vettier, Campbell McGrath, Robness, Kalen Iwamoto, Julien Silvano, Jason Sholl, and Saul Steinberg.

This first exhibition’s curatorial framework falls along the following lines:

Part 2 takes place May 2023 at Librairie Métamorphoses in Paris, with a section of the exhibition taking place at L’Avant Galerie Vossen.



Exhibition view © Photo: Jean-Louis Losi

Oct 22, 2022 - Nov 19, 2022
l’Avant Galerie Vossen
Paris, France