press release

By enacting ancient gestures of lamentation, Monika Weiss's video Sustenazo (Lament II) considers 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, an internationally celebrated New York-based artist, 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. The artist will perform at the beginning of the exhibition in the gallery, which was curated by Julia P. Herzberg.

This exhibition was organized by the Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos in Santiago, Chile, with a generous support by Galerie Samuel Lallouz, Montreal, Canada, and Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis, USA. Additional support by the Embassy of Poland, Santiago, Chile and Roxana Varas. Sustenazo (Lament II) is one of three videos originally commissioned for the exhibition Monika Weiss: Sustenazo by the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Poland, 2010.