Monika Weiss--Shrouds, 2012. View of the exhibition at BWA Zielona Góra, Poland. Two-channel video and sound composition; two suspended projection screens with projections visible on both sides of the screens. Video documentation: Karolina Spiak

MONIKA WEISS: CAŁUNY
["Monika Weiss - Shrouds"] 

BWA Zielona Góra

Exhibition: June - July 2012
Public Project: 2012 - 2014
Curator: Wojciech Kozłowski

Press Release:

BWA in Zielona Góra and Muzeum Ziemi Lubuskiej in Zielona Góra invite you to the opening reception of two solo exhibitions, “Monika Weiss-Shrouds” and “Roland Schefferski-From the Life of Europeans”. The exhibitions are related thematically and co-organized by two institutions under the title “Recall”.

Commissioned in 2012 by BWA in Zielona Góra, "Monika Weiss - Shrouds (Całuny)" considers public memory and amnesia in the construction of a city’s space and urban planning. Filmed from an airplane, local women perform silent gestures of lamentation on the abandoned, forgotten and ruined site of the former concentration camp, Gruenberg. Viewed from that great distance, their symbolic presence evokes the prisoners’ absence. During WWII Jewish women worked there as seamstresses and were sent on one of the forced death marches. In the film’s second part, a young woman wraps bandages around her chest in a gesture of defense or perhaps caress. Her body represents our common body—the fragile membrane—with social ties beyond generational and geographical divides.

Music composed by Monika Weiss, with participation of opera vocalist Anthony Roth Costanzo. Film was created by Monika Weiss, with participation of Gillian Lipton and Kornelia Bagińska, Barbara Barszczewska, Ada Bednarek, Alicja Bienias, Magda Chołuj, Sandra Dawidowicz, Małgorzata Dobrucka, Iga Drop, Kamilia Gołdyka, Weronika Jankowiak, Aleksandra Kubiak, Katarzyna Kulikowska, Marta Meuss, Sylwia Mucha, Apolonia Obuchowicz, Anna Perzyńska, Dorota Pillach, Maryna Ponomarenko, Agata Rowecka, Karolina Spiak, Sofia Symkanycz and Michalina Walicht.


Monika Weiss - Shrouds, Galeria BWA in Zielona Góra, 06.15-07.08.2012
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