The Veterans Book Project by Monica Haller
October 27-December 11, 2014
Opening Reception | Artist's talk: Wednesday, November 5, 6-8 p.m.
The Veterans Book Project is an art collaboration consisting of fifty books, each written by artist Monica Haller and individuals with first-hand experience of the current American wars. Working together Haller and the authors created the books. Most of the bookmakers are veterans, some are family members of soldiers, and others are Iraqi or Afghan civilian refugees. Haller’s aim in creating the Veterans Book Project has been to provide a means for veterans and others to articulate their memories of experiences of war, and to offer exhibitions of the project as quiet spaces for contemplation and thoughtful discussion about war and its impact on our lives.
The Weeks Gallery has organized two exhibitions of the Veterans Book Project in Chautauqua County; one at the Weeks Gallery, and another at Reed Library Lobby Gallery at The State University of New York at Fredonia. For a full list of programs on the two campuses and in public libraries throughout the county click here or call 716.338.1300.
About the artist:
Monica Haller is a media artist who uses design, photo, sound, and installation. She is interested in listening as a political act, philosophy of violence and non-violence, and the productiveness of spaces that are liminal, messy, fluid and ever changing: memory, soil, water. Her research includes fieldwork and collaboration. She often attempts to mobilize the materials and experiences her collaborators bring from their own lives, and then reorganizes these materials or data to propose different ways of seeing. She has a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies and a MFA in Visual Studies. She has received awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Jerome Fellowship, McKnight Fellowship and support from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has given talks at venues including the Centre Pompidou, Rhode Island School of Design and Harvard University. Recently Haller exhibited at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Milwaukee Art Museum, Nomas Foundation Rome, Italy and the 01SJ San Jose Biennial.
This project is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. Further funding comes from the JCC Foundation, and the JCC Faculty Student Association.