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Monika Weiss: Sustenazo (Lament II)

Monika Weiss, Sustenazo (Lament II), 2010-2012 (still), video and sound. Courtesy of the Frost Art Museum.

Monika Weiss, Sustenazo (Lament II), 2010-2012 (still), video and sound. Courtesy of the Frost Art Museum.

Frost Art Museum - Miami

By Ashley Knight

The Frost Art Museum is exhibiting “Sustenazo (Lament II),” an exhibition by New York-based artist Monika Weiss. The show was curated by Julia Herzberg.

Born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1964, Weiss analyzes the relationships between body and history. Her current work considers aspects of public memory and amnesia as reflected within the physical and political space of our contemporary cities.

In her video Sustenazo (Lament II), the artist enacts ancient gestures of lamentation to consider contemporary contexts of apathy, indifference, invisibility and historical amnesia within the public forum. Although a specific war crime in part motivated the artist to communicate the devastating effects of totalitarian invasions and their inhuman consequences, lament is the carrier of the emotional states of grief and sorrow endured by humanity throughout time. Weiss 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. Through August 3, 2014.

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