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Monica Ross (1950–2013)

British performance artist Monica Ross died in Brighton, UK, on Saturday, June 14, the last day of her five-year project, Anniversary—an act of memory. Launched in December 2008, the work staged sixty solo and group public recitations of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Ross was born in Rochdale, Lancashire, and had been active as an artist since the 1970s; later, as a professor, she created and led the critical fine art practice BA program at Central Saint Martins from 1990 to 1998. In 2004, she was a guest professor at Institut für Kunst in Kontext, Universität der Künste, Berlin, and between 2001 and 2004 she served as the UK arts and humanities research board fellow in fine art at the University of Newcastle. The final act of Ross’s Anniversary took place at the United Nations in Geneva. It was presided over by Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, director-general of United Nations office at Geneva, and included recitations by leaders of local and international civil societies followed by a minute’s silence for the artist. To read Ross's recent interview with Artforum.com, click here.

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