Riley and his story is a project by Monica Haller, an artist based in Minneapolis, MN. Monica collaborates long-term with small groups of people. There are three collaborators involved in this project:
Monica Haller — visual artist (American, b. 1980)
Monica Haller's work involves long-term collaborations with individuals and small groups, most often using photos, video and writing. Her work explores the way that people grapple, both psychologically and practically, with difficult transitions or traumatic situations, for example the transition from active military duty to civilian life. Her aesthetic practice aims to reactivate and amplify the materials and technologies her collaborators have turned to along the way. Monica has a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies, an MFA in Visual Studies and has received awards including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Bush Foundation, McKnight Foundation and Jerome Foundation.
Riley Sharbonno — Iraq war veteran (American, b. 1980)
Riley currently lives in Minneapolis, MN with his wife and newborn daughter. He graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN in 2002 with a B.S. in Nursing. After graduating, he joined the Army and started a three-year tour, stationed first in Germany. From there he was deployed to Iraq and was assigned to be one of two RN’s in an E.R. within Abu Ghraib Prison. After 12 months, he was redeployed to Germany, where he met his wife, Bianca. In October 2005 he was assigned to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX as a staff/charge R.N. On May 4th, 2006, he resigned his commission as a CPT in The Army and moved back to Minnesota. He currently works as a staff/charge nurse at The University of Minnesota Medical Center.
Matthew Rezac — graphic designer (American, b. 1976)
Matthew Rezac is a graphic designer living and working in Minneapolis, MN. He holds a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, where he studied graphic design and photography. From 2004–2006 he served as a Graphic Design Fellow at the Walker Art Center. Since 2006 he has been running a small studio that focuses on print and publication design for cultural and academic clients including Blu Dot Design & Manufacturing, Marianne Boesky Gallery, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Walker Art Center, Weisman Art Museum, and ZER01. His work has received numerous distinctions including both the AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers and 365 Awards and has been featured in HOW, Idea, and PRINT magazines. In 2006 he was profiled in STEP magazine’s “Field Guide to Emerging Design Talent.” For more information please visit www.matthewrezac.org.
Currently the book is the culmination of this collaboration.