The transdisciplinary work of Polish-American artist Monika Weiss examines relationships between body and history and evokes ancient rituals of lamentation as traditionally performed in response to war. Her current work considers aspects of public memory and amnesia as reflected within the physical and political space of a city.
In 2005, Lehman College Art Gallery (City University of New York) organized a retrospective of the artist’s work to date, Monika Weiss-Five Rivers. Recent solo exhibitions include Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Poland (2010) and the Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago, Chile (December 13, 2012 – April 7, 2013).
Weiss’ writings have appeared in numerous publications including New Realities: Being Syncretic (Springer, Wien/New York) and Technoetic Arts (Intellect, London). The artist divides her time between New York City and St. Louis, where she is an assistant professor in Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and a faculty affiliate in the Performing Arts Department.
Her seminar topics have included post-memory and performativity, as well as theories of kinetic image and sound environment, situated within cross-disciplinary contexts informing hybrid practices today.