Merete Røstad, PhD, is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher and educator whose projects are rooted in the examination of public life, resilience, 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. Each examines the social and political significance of a site as a starting point for thinking about collective memory to activate alternative modes of memorialization in the public sphere.
Røstad completed her doctorate in Artistic Research with her investigation The Participatory Monument – Remembrance and Forgetting as Art Practice in Public Sphere (2019), and further research projects Embodied Sound Archive (2020) and Dancing Forest and other stories (2020). Røstad lives and works in Berlin and Oslo and is currently the head of the Master program Art and Public Space Master program and an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Art and Craft at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in Norway.