Monika Weiss is a Polish artist living in New York. She has presented her public projects, performative works, installations, drawings and films in over twenty solo exhibitions, among them at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdwoski Castle in Warsaw and Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago, Chile. She often works with stories which are neglected or forgotten. Her works present woman’s body, including her own, which is a medium of memory and a potential centre of transformation.
Currently we are raising funds for the implementation of the project – Nirbhaya, dedicated to Jyoti Singh Pandey, which opening has been planned for October 2020. The work will be an important part of the sculpture park and collection of the Center of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko. What directly inspired that project was the India Gate in New Delhi and Arc de Triumph in Paris. The artist’s response to the symbolism of these monuments devoted to the heroism of participants of wars, is her protest against their status. Weiss places the arch on the ground and reduces its scale to the size of a sarcophagus. By duplicating the replica of the arch-gate, she creates an object filled with water, for which she designs a video image.
The context for the Nirbhaya project is provided by two kinds of oppression – the colonial oppression of the city (New Delhi) and Jyoti Singh Pandey’s dramatic history, although as Monika Weiss suggests, Nirbhaya is also functioning as a place of revival, reflection and preservation of a vivid memory.