Interdisciplinary artist, researcher, and educator Merete Røstad, Ph. D, projects are rooted in examining 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. In addition, each examines a site’s social and political significance as a starting point for thinking about collective memory to activate alternative modes of memorialisation and remembrance 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). Røstad lives and works in Berlin and Oslo and is currently an Associate Professor for the Master’s program Art and Public Space and Head of Research at the Faculty of Art and Craft at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in Norway.