Monica M Moses Haller

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Contact Me

hall0586@umn.edu

405 21st Ave S
E201 Regis Center

Affiliations

As an artist, I work in a range of media spanning photography, video, sound, design, installation and writing. I collaborate long term with individuals and small groups of people. As artist, my role changes depending on the particular collaboration and the work I want to achieve within it. For example, in some projects I make images meant for the gallery. Other times I don’t make pictures at all, but instead act as an editor and facilitator. By sustaining long term interactions and flexible roles, my collaborators and I try to be thorough in our inquiries together. I tend to focus on personal details to address large systems that are political, psychological and environmental. My academic background is in Peace and Conflict Studies (the study of philosophies of violence and non-violence). In practice, I worked with people trying to make transitions from violent situations, to less violent situations. I did this nationally and locally. For example, I learned and worked with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa during their reparations phase. I worked with survivors of domestic violence in Minneapolis. Over my lifetime, I work within my own family to understand how race has been used and constructed across generations and geographies for us. I came to Art as a discipline because I saw it as a place where I could undertake more philosophical and critically rigorous inquiries about the situations in which my collaborators and I found ourselves. My collaborative work includes “Riley and his story” and the “Veterans Book Project,” both offering multi-layered narratives of the U.S.-led wars in the Iraq and Afghanistan. My most recent work brings me to the eroding wetlands of the Louisiana coast in Plaquemines Parish, land that has been in my family for six generations. This work explores philosophies of ownership, the social construction of race, environmental racism, and productive possibilities of this wetland’s terrain.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • M.F.A.: Visual Studies, Photography, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN, 20015.
  • B.A.: Peace Studies , College of St. Benedict and St. Johns University, St. Joseph, MN, 2002.
Courses Taught
  • ARTS 3730 - Intermediate Digital Photography
  • ARTS 5490 - Trans-Atlantic Seminar
  • ARTS 5710 - Advanced Photography
  • ARTS 5710 and 5760 - Advanced Photography and Experimental Film and Video
  • ARTS 1701 - Introduction to Photography
  • ARTS 5490 - Study Abroad, Documenta and Venice Biennale
Awards
  • Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship, 2019
  • Faculty Imagine Fund Recipient, 2019 and 2018
  • Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Fellowship, 2017 and 2013
  • McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship , 2016 and 2009
  • Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship , 2015
  • Minnesota State Arts Board, Arts Access Grant , 2012
  • John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 2010
  • National Endowment for the Arts , 2010
  • Minnesota State Arts Board, Arts Learning Grant , 2010
  • AIGA Design Award for "Riley and his story", 2010
  • Award of Excellence for "Riley and his story," London Art Book Fair at Whitechapel, 2009
  • Bush Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship, 2008
  • Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists , 2008
  • Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship , 2004