Monali Meher (India). Since 1998 Meher’s art practice involves various disciplines. The most significant one is ‘Performance Art’. Decay, hybridization & transformation: Creating new identity; reshaping belongings; intimacy; a dialogue of matter and memory all these constitute the language of her work. “Time” as a factor, is central to her practice, whether it’s a wrapped object or a performance. She uses time as medium, which is extended, assembled and captured. The aspects of continuity, repetition, vulnerability, duration, temporality, awareness, situation and public involvement are also inherent qualities that inform her art practice.
Graduated in Fine Arts from Sir J. J. School of arts, Mumbai. Received ‘Unesco -Aschberg’ residency, Vienna 1998, Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten 2000-‘01, Amsterdam, KHOJ New Delhi 2004, VASL residency, Karachi, Pakistan 2008, ComPeung, Thailand 2011, ‘Casa Masaccio’ Italy 2012. Performed and exhibited work internationally; Tate modern, Sinop Biennale Turkey, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Art Dubai, ‘Rebelle’, MMKA Arnhem, NRLA Glasgow, Prague Biennale 5th, MAXXI museum Rome, Guangzhou Live, China, Infr’action Sete, France, LA 7 Gothenburg Sweden, IPA Istanbul Modern Museum, 4th Thessaloniki Biennale, University UFO & Sustainability 2014, Ghent, Venice International cinema and performance art, Bochum kunstmuseum Germany, ICASTICA ’13, Arezzo Biennial, where Meher received the prestigious ‘Golden Chimera Award’ for innovation and originality, in 2016 ‘Ritual Traces’ SAWCC New York, Beijing Live, Biennale Arte Dolomiti, Italy and Dakar biennale, DAK’ART 2016. In 2017 Kathmandu Triennale and Manifesta HQ Amsterdam, 2018 ‘Connecting Threads’ BDL museum Mumbai, 2019 Stedelijk kunstakademie, Kunstroute Waregem, and ‘Walking’s New Movements’, conference at University of Plymouth, UK. In 2020 she participated in group show, ’Living, Forgiving, Remembering’, De Kerk, Museum Arnhem. Meher received LIVE Funds 2009, BKVB Amsterdam. In 2011 manifested ‘The Bridge Is Open’, public Space installation under Willem’s bridge, Haarlemmerpoort, Amsterdam; funded by AFK, Fonds BKVB, co-operated by DIVV, DOCK Stadsdeel West. This installation can be viewed until 2025.