Anniversary — an act of memory is ongoing and the aim is to achieve a minimum of 60 solo and collective recitations.

Acts 31-60 are taking place between 2011-2013 as  Anniversary — an act of memory, UK Tour 2011-2013. The tour is produced by Michelle Hirschhorn and supported by Arts Council England. 

Acts 01-30 were realised on a shoe string budget and the goodwill of co-producers, collaborators and instigators including independent individuals, lawyers, artists, curators, community workers, activists and institutions such as Orduithe Live@8, Galway, Inside Out Festival 2010, London; Tanz im August 2010, Berlin; Brighton Peace Messenger; The British Institute for Human Rights, Beaconsfield, the LSE Centre For the Study of Human Rights, Whitworth Art Gallery, Free Word, and Dartington Arts – the full list is here.

In 2010, Ross’s solo recitation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was also presented in Mikhail Karikis’ experimental work XENON: an exploded opera, at Whitstable Biennale, Canterbury Festival and Kings Place, London 2010. Extracts also appear in XENON a film by Mikhail Karikis and David Bickerstaff, 2011.

From the outset, Anniversary — an act of memory has been consistently documented in photography and video by Bernard G Mills

Proposals and invitations from individuals and organisations for Acts 40-60 are very welcome. If you would like to take part or discuss producing a solo or collective recitation please contact Michelle Hirschhorn:

Act 30, Inside Out Festival 2010, Kings Chapel, London. Curated by Evelyn Wilson for LCACE. Photo: Bernard G Mills. 28.10.2010

Act 01, Taking Liberties Exhibition, The British Library, London. Curated by Jason E Bowman for Public Gallery. Photo: Alex Delfanne. 07.12.2010


Anniversary — an act of memory developed from rightsrepeated — an act of memory. This solo performance was the artist’s response to the shooting of Jean Charles De Menezes by the Police in London on July 22 2005 and  was first performed inHayley Newman’s Woodshed in the exhibition Chronic Epoch, Beaconsfield, London, 2005. rightsrepeated — an act of memory was also presented byLive Art Development Agency for Performing Rights, at PSi 12, Queen Mary, University of London 2006 and at the National Review of Live Art, Glasgow 2008; and by Leif Magne Tangen in Representations of the Artist as an Intellectual, D21 Gallery, Leipzig 2008.

The Anniversary — an act of memory series was initially developed in response to an invitation by Jason E Bowman and the exhibitions programme of Public Gallery,West Bromwich, and began with a solo recitation marking the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the Taking Liberties exhibition at the British Library, December 2008.  Following the demise of Public Gallery in January 2009, Jason E Bowman worked with Ross to sustain and develop Anniversary as an independent project until the end of 2009 and produced recitations in association with the British Institute of Human Rights, Solon War Crimes Conference, The Womens Library, Whitworth Art Gallery, Beaconsfield, Freeword and Tricycle Theatre.

Ross and photographer Bernard G Mills produced Acts 03, 06, 07, 08, 10 and 16-30 in grateful association with Supper Club, Basement, Brighton; Louise Purbrick, Jorn Ebner, Jackie Chase, Mikhail Karikis, Laura Lloyd, Zoe Gillard, Deepti Patel, Edwina Fitzpatrick, Rachel Bradbear, Kerstin Schroth, Sophia New, Naomi Siderfin, Beaconsfield, Andrew Mitchelson, Aine Kavanagh and Evelyn Wilson and were joined by Michelle Hirschhorn as Producer of the UK Tour 2011-2013 in November 2010.

Amnesty International defends freedom of expression and offers an international platform for artists such as Monica Ross and the performances of Anniversary – an act of memory. More than ever we need creative ways to report human rights violations, acknowledge human stories, to tell the world the truth.’

Chloe Baird-Murray, Creative Relationships Manager, Amnesty International UK

The British Institute of Human Rights welcomes and endorses Anniversary — an act of memory as a significant contribution to advocating the importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is a truly exemplary commitment from the cultural sector that responds itself with dignity to the continued demands of the Declaration for justice for all of us. We have responded to its call for alliances and allegiances towards collectively realising its aims for Monica Ross to perform her work 60 times across the whole of the UK and urge you to do the same.’

Ceri Goddard, Acting Director, British Institute of Human Rights