Monika Weiss: Sustenazo (Lament II)
April 23, 2014 - August 3, 2014
The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum (FIU)
MIAMI ART GUIDE
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Monika Weiss brings Sustenazo (Lament II) to the Frost Art Museum, Opening with Performance Reflecting “grief and sorrow endured by humanity throughout time”
MIAMI, FL (April 9, 2014)-The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU marks the opening of renowned artist Monika Weiss’ Sustenazo (Lament II) video exhibition with a FrostArt Wednesday After Hours reception on April 23, from 6-9 pm. The reception is open to the public and free of charge.
Sustenazo (Lament II) is one of three videos originally shown as part of Monika Weiss: Sustenazo, an exhibition organized in 2010 at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, in Warsaw, Poland. Weiss directed, recorded, composed, and choreographed the performative work that embraces history, memory, and language in overlapping rhythms and forms. By enacting ancient gestures of lamentation, Sustenazo (Lament II) considers contemporary contexts of apathy, indifference, invisibility, and historical amnesia within the public forum. Although a specific war crime partly motivated the artist to communicate the devastating effects of totalitarian invasions and their inhuman consequences, lament is, according to the artist, “the carrier of the emotional states of grief and sorrow endured by humanity throughout time.” Weiss, born in Warsaw and now an internationally celebrated New York-based artist, records and composes sound in her videos from testimonies, recitations, and musical instruments, including her own piano improvisations. Music, a principal element in Sustenazo (Lament II) merges diverse narratives together into polyphonic compositions.
Live Performance at 6 pm
At the opening reception for this solo exhibition, the artist will conduct a 26-minute performance, equal in its duration to her video and sound work exhibited. Weiss’ performance welcomes audience members to join the artist in a silent evocation of the universally recognizable gestures of grief and mourning. Whether audience members decide to participate in the act of lamentation or not, all will become participants through the shared and silent presence in the same space and time as the artist. Interacting with her silent movement, hearing her music and observing the moving image, everyone will be required to maintain a complete silence. As described by the artist, “As we move throughout the public space, there are no boundaries between those who perform and those who observe them. Therefore, the expression of mourning becomes a shared experience, transcending cultural, geographical, and political divides.”
The exhibition is accompanied by an eighty-eight page bilingual illustrated catalog edited by Julia P. Herzberg. The catalog includes two essays: Conversation with Monika Weiss, by Julia P. Herzberg, and Lamentation and the Locus of Memory: Monika Weiss’s Sustenazo (Lament II), by Adriana Valdés.
Monika Weiss will provide further insight into her artistic direction and focus in her lecture Recent Works: Lament, Protest, and Mapping History, the day before the opening reception, on Tuesday, April 22, at 4 pm, in the Frost Art Museum. Like the opening reception, the lecture is open to the public and free of charge.
Sustenazo (Lament II) was organized by the Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos in Santiago, Chile, with generous support from Galerie Samuel Lallouz, Montréal, Canada, and Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University, in St. Louis, USA. Additional support provided by the Embassy of Poland, Santiago, Chile, and Roxana Varas. The exhibition is curated by Julia P. Herzberg, and runs through August 3, 2014.
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