Monica Ross: An Act of Memory
To coincide with the Exhibition Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy at the British Library.
Sunday 14 June 2015 14.00- 16.00 at the British Library
A collective recitation, from memory, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
This event marks two years since the 60th and concluding performance of Anniversary—an act of memory conceived by artist Monica Ross. That act took place at the 23rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. It was also the day the artist died.
This is an open recitation so please feel free to attend and or choose an article to learn off by heart and recite on the day. Many co-recitors from Anniversary—an act of memory will be taking part in this recitation which will be led by Andrew Mitchelson.
The first recitation was held in the British Library as part of Taking Liberties in 2008 and this will be the last recitation initiated by the Monica Ross Fund. This recitation will follow workshops in collaboration with Chickenshed Theatre, Chelsea, local schools and the British Library Youth Forum. The workshops are devised to develop a set of online resources for adults and children to use as a guide for staging Acts of Memory recitations independently as Monica Ross had wished.
This work raises awareness of and increases public engagement with the breadth, depth and life work of the artist Monica Ross. This recitation constitutes a fitting testament to her unique contribution to the field of experimental and theoretically engaged performance art practice.
Monica Ross’s archive is now held digitally with the British Library.
The British Library
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London NW1 2DB