Lives and works in Amsterdam.
Monali Meher is graduated in Fine arts (BFA-1990) from Sir J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai. In 1998 she received ‘Unesco -Aschberg’ Residency in Vienna by Federal Chancellery for the Arts and Science where she researched the time and space factor in her work and focused on the process of decay. She felt an immense necessity to work with her own body and emotions in public as a new expression/ tool. In 1998 she made her first performance, Reflect, ‘A personal window display’ , at Jehangir art gallery in Mumbai with the statement “Nothing is permanent’ & ‘it's a nature's law”. In 2000-01, accepted in Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, funded by Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Nuffic, Huygens grant, Amsterdam for research residency programme. In 2006 Sep. she performed at Tate Modern Museum, London in Mapping Mumbai event, Dadao international performance festival in Beijing, China, Sinop Biennale Turkey and participated in Nederlands Een exhibition in Museum Gouda.
In 2007, she performed at National review of live art Festival (NRLA) Glasgow where she was also invited for the panel discussion, ‘Performance Art and Other Histories’. In (2006-07) manifested a Community Art Project, ‘Quilt/ Deken’ , with Artwalk Stichting funded by Amsterdam fonds voor de kunst, SVP Kunst Stadsdeel Westerpark. Quilts are on permanent installation in Raadszaal, Stadsdeel Westerpark, Amsterdam. Her work has been published in books: ‘Student Body’ by Marina Abramovic, ‘Shifting Map’, ‘RAIN’ project by RABK, ‘Third Text’, ‘Love & Death’, Egon Schiele catalogue, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, ‘Cleaning the house’ , NMAC foundation, Spain. For the last 9 years she has been working with performances, video, photography, Installations. Since year 2000, she is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Monali Meher. the Netherlands / India. Reverse, Rewind, Replay: 7 acts from the past, NRLA, Live Art Festival, Glasgow, 2007. © Darshana Vora.