Monika Weiss | HyphenHub Community

Monika Weiss is a New York-based Polish artist whose work moves between the political and the poetic to explore questions of the body, history, and violence. Important across her oeuvre is a relationship to history and collective remembrance, which the artist’s work approaches in profoundly affective ways, encompassing video, film, sound, music, performance, drawing and sculpture. Recurring material and conceptual motives in the artist work include sound, water, the body, stillness, doubling and gestures of lamentation. Her synesthetic art resists closure as it explores states of transformation and oscillates, as Mark McDonald (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) noted, “between proposal and presence, the allusive and the tangible”. Monika Weiss work has been presented in over 100 exhibitions around the world at venues such as Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago, Chile, A.I.R. Gallery in New York, Frost Art Museum in Miami, Stavros Niarchos Art Foundation in Athens, and Centre of Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw. Her intermedia practice and has been reviewed by The New York Times, ARTnews, Art in America, Art Nexus, Arte Al Dia, Sculpture Magazine, Prague Post, and numerous others. International publications include Guy Brett’s The Crossing of Innumerable Paths: Essays on Art (London: Ridinghouse, 2019) and the newly published bi-lingual monograph Monika Weiss. Nirbhaya (Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko, 2021) with texts by Griselda Pollock (Leeds University) and Mark McDonald (The Metropolitan Museum of Art), among others. As part of The Met series Artists on Artworks, a 30 min. film with Monika Weiss premiered in 2021. ­Since 2011, the artist holds a professorship at Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Recipient of numerous awards, in 2023 Monika Weiss was awarded the New York State Council on the Arts individual artist grant in support of her forthcoming long term public project Nirbhaya, planned to open in late 2024/early 2025 at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza near United Nations in New York.

Hyphen Hub featured a digital film and sound installation by New York-based artist Monika Weiss who creates poetic installations, films, performances, and public projects investigating history and post-memory that evoke ancient rituals of lamentation in response to historical and social trauma.