A work to explore into the geological observation of nature’s traces, its ruins, transforming landscapes and the survival of holding onto what’s left to restore.
Monali Meher manifests an act by merging herself into the space surrounded by several props, indicating organic growth with entangled waste components.
Monali Meher (IN/BE)
The performance address urgent issues such as sustainability, identity, migration, boarders, barriers, loss, and the endless cycle of exploitation of natural resources. ‘Gilded’ means something covered in gold for appearance and protection. It also points out the ‘Gilded Age Era’, associating with political corruption and exploitation of immigrant labour.
‘Time’ as a factor, is central to the practice of Monali Meher, whether it’s a wrapped object or a performance. She uses time as medium, which is extended, assembled and captured in her atmospheric and ritualistic performances showing the cyclical circles of destruction and renewal. Involving various disciplines, Monali Meher’s art practice reflects decay, hybridisation and transformation: Creating new identity; reshaping belongings; intimacy; a dialogue of matter and memory. The aspects of continuity, repetition, vulnerability, duration, temporality, awareness, situation and public involvement are also inherent qualities that inform her art practice.
Born in Maharashtra (India), Monali Meher has shown her work internationally. Since 2016 she lives and works in Ghent. Recently, she received the prestigious NN Art Award at Art Rotterdam 2023.
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