Ash Moniz (born in 1992) is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice spans performance, installation, video and film. Their research deals primarily with the policing/ securitization of supply-chain logistics and its’ labour, and how this history intersects with that of moving image.
Along with a BA from OCAD University (Toronto), Ash Moniz has participated in independent study programs such as Raw Academy (Dakar, Senegal), the Harun Farocki Institute (Berlin, Germany) and Mass Alexandria (Alexandria, Egypt).
Through interviews and performative collaborations, they work with the ways that stories are told, deconstructing the temporality of narrative structure in Just-In-Time transportation logistics.
The word “plot” and its historical etymological connection between land ownership and the arrangement of dramatic structure on a stage, is foundational to how Ash Moniz approaches the intersection of cartography and scenography.
Working with artifacts, documents, conducted interviews, and found media that span from London 1792 to Sokhna 2013, Ash Moniz “plots” systematic procedures of motion within the flows of value, subject hood, and causality.
Through series and chapters, interconnected through long-term conceptual projects, Moniz’s practice formulates correlative arguments, using a historical-materialist approach.
Their work questions the representability of logistical violence, and the imaging potentiality of logistical sites of labour, dialectically embodying the abstract specificities of epistemic violences, without reproducing them.
Ash Moniz’s exhibitions including solo shows at Townhouse Gallery (Cairo), Sishang Museum (Beijing), and Birch Contemporary (Toronto); duo exhibitions at Kelder Projects (London) and Pari Nadimi (Toronto); and group shows at Forum Expanded | Berlinale (Berlin), the Dakar Biennale (Dakar), and the Minsheng Museum (Shanghai) [among others].
They teach at the Cairo Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences, and write art reviews/criticism for the Egyptian online-magazine Mada Masr.
Ash Moniz was the third member of the artist collective ADL (with Felix Kalmenson & Rouzbeh Akhari) from 2014-2018, and were the assistant curator of the AMNUA Museum in Nanjing, China, in 2014-2015.