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Monica Haller. The Veterans Book Project | Round table

The Veterans Book Project, Workshop, Ithaca, New York

in collaboration with MACRO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma

December 13th, 2011 at 6.00pm
Conference room of Museum MACRO, via Nizza 138, Rome

On the occasion of Monica Haller's project, hosted at Nomas Foundation and curated by Stefano Chiodi, all are invited to a panel discussion where Andrea Cortellessa, essayist and literary critic, Arturo Mazzarella, historian and literary theorist, Tommaso Pincio, novelist and essayist, will discuss a variety of topics raised by the Veterans Book Project. The discussion, moderated by Stefano Chiodi, will focus on the relationship between the literature of war, media imagery, and on the different issues related to the complex, perhaps impossible task of translating the traumatic, unspeakable experience of the war in a narration or presentation. At a time of ongoing and endless war, Haller is building a community of authors and readers who are continuously testing exactly that.

Monica Haller is a visual artist born in 1980 in Minneapolis. Using design, video, photography and writing her art practice is rooted in social justice concerns and attempts to mobilize information by amplifying the materials and technologies that her collaborators turn to in their own lives. Trauma, memory and communication are some of the themes in her work. She has a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the College of St. Benedict and an MFA in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited at venues ranging from the Festival Les Rencontres d’Arles, in Arles, France, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, to the 01SJ Biennial, Build Your Own World in San Jose. She has received numerous awards for her work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and support from the National Endowments for the Arts.

Stefano Chiodi (Rome, 1963) is an art historian, critic and curator. He has written and edited several essays and books, including Ai Weiwei, Il Blog (Italian edition, 2011) Spazio (with D. Dardi, 2010); Marcel Duchamp. Critica, biografia, mito (2009); Le funzioni del museo (2009); La bellezza difficile (2008); Una sensibile differenza (2006); annisettanta (with M. Belpoliti e G. Canova, 2007); Espresso (2000). He has curated exhibitions including ZimmerFrei, Bologna 2011; Giulia Piscitelli, Rome 2011; Olaf Nicolai, Ferrara 2008; vedovamazzei, Naples 2006; Diego Perrone, New Delhi 2005, as well as symposia (most recently, Harald Szeemann in context, Venice 2011) and projects for the Italian public radio RAI. He writes regularly for «il manifesto» and «alfabeta2». He is founding editor of He teaches Contemporary Art at Università Roma Tre, Rome.