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.
Monika Weiss’ Wrath (Shrouds IV) shows a young female architect from Iran, filmed by the artist in her studio in New York, performing silent gestures of lamentation by gradually removing a black scarf from her head. This act evokes a memory of another time, in Tehran, when she abandoned her scarf and rushed through the city bareheaded, free, if only for that moment in time.
As a record of an encounter and poetic exploration, this work probed the fragile and contested relationships between women’s bodies and cities, acts of veiling and exposure, and structures of power and history. On display were also previews of the artist’s upcoming project in Delhi, India. Weiss is a Polish-American internationally recognized artist based in New York City, whose trans-disciplinary work has been shown in solo museum exhibitions and international group exhibitions and is included in public collections worldwide.
Monika Weiss “Wrath” 2015 Excerpt from Monika Weiss on Vimeo.