Merete Røstad

Merete Røstad is a visual artist, lecturer, and curator whose projects are rooted in the examination of public life, collective memory, remembrance, and archives. Frequently engaging with communities and the public sphere, her process-based practice explores our everyday interactions with the histories inscribed in our surroundings and how we come to read the traces to be found there. During the course of her fellowship, Røstad initiated the projects Folkets Hus(2015), Kammer (2017) and Høring (2018). Each examines the social and political significance of a site as a starting point for thinking about collective memory of place and to activate alternative modes of memorialization in public sphere.

Røstad is currently a Research fellow, undertaking a PhD in Artistic Research and is an Associate Professor in Art and Public Space (MFA) at the Department of Arts and Crafts in the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KhiO). Røstad holds an MFA in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies from Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany and a BA from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), United Kingdom.