Contemporary Sculpture Garden
27.03. – 23.05.2021
Curators: Weronika Elertowska, Leszek Golec
Monika Weiss is a prominent Polish-American artist living in New York. Over the past twenty-five years she has developed an aesthetic vocabulary of profound emotional impact. She works often with omitted or forgotten histories. Her works present a woman’s body, including her own, as a vehicle of memory and a potential site of transformation.
Funds are currently being raised for the artist’s project Nirbhaya, a monument dedicated to Jyoti Singh. The work will be a permanent part of the park and collection of the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko. India Gate in New Delhi and l’Arc de Triomphe in Paris became the direct inspiration for the project. The artist’s response to the symbolism of these monuments devoted to the heroism of war participants is her opposition to their status. Weiss lays the arch on the ground and reduces its scale to the size of a stone sarcophagus filled with water and video projection, with a sound station located nearby. The context for Nirbhaya project are two types of oppression – colonial oppression of cities and violence against women, although, as the artist suggests, Nirbhaya also functions as a site of rebirth, reflection and the preservation of living memory.
The artist’s project will be unveiled in two locations – at the Centre for Polish Sculpture in Orońsko, which is a national cultural institution financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and in the United States, thanks to the cooperation of the Streaming Museum in New York and the production support of the Lamar Johnson Collaborative. Nirbhaya’s sketches and conceptual ideas will be featured in the upcoming issue of the Centerpoint Now, published on the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.
The project will be accompanied by a bi-lingual publication including the main essay by Griselda Pollock (University of Leeds, UK), and texts by Mark McDonald (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), Kalliopi Minioudaki (Athens), Meena Alexander (India/New York), Buzz Spector (New York), Weronika Elertowska (Centre for Polish Sculpture), Katarzyna Falęcka (Tunis), Eulalia Domanowska (Białystok University of Technology). Editors: Halina Gajewska, Barry Keane. Translation: Izabela Suchan. Publication design: Irina Pavlova.
The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) offered support in organizing fundraising campaign.
The project is possible thanks to the support of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis, Hyphen Hub in New York, and Harvestworks in New York.
Upcoming events related to the project include two exhibitions „Nirbhaya” 27th March – 23th May 2021, Centre for Polish Sculpture and “Monument / Antimonument” 31st March – 22nd April 2021, The CEL Center for Design and Architecture, St. Louis at Kranzberg Foundation as well as panel discussions accompanying the exhibitions and devoted to Nirbhaya. Dates and speakers will be announced soon.