The Veterans Book Project by Monica Haller
in Chautauqua County
The Weeks Gallery has organized two exhibitions of the Veterans Book Project in Chautauqua County; one at the Weeks Gallery (October 27-December 11), and another at Reed Library Lobby Gallery (November 1 - December 5, 2014) at The State University of New York at Fredonia. For a complete listing of associated programing around this exhibition click here
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.
The Veterans Book Project is a collaboratively made artwork consisting of fifty books, each written by 2010 Guggenheim Fellow, artist Monica Haller and individuals with first-hand experience of the current American wars. Most of the bookmakers are veterans, some a soldier’s family members or Iraqi or Afghan civilian refugees. Mothers have written books. A brother who lost is sibling in combat wrote a book; a young Iraqi woman who lost her legs in a bomb blast wrote another.
Each book stands alone, and was first disseminated by its author to his or her own community. Each book is also a part of the larger Veterans Book Project library meant to be shown in galleries. Haller’s aims for the Veterans Book Project are two fold. 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 Veterans Book Project and has been presented at the Milwaukee Art Museum and the NAMOS Foundation Gallery in Rome Italy. It has been featured in campus galleries at Carthage College, Antioch College, Colorado College, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and many other locations. Visit the projects webpage: veteransbookproject.com
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.