Merete RØSTAD (*1975, Narvik) is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and researcher whose practice is rooted in examining collective memory research, memory work and archives. Through research and process-based projects, Røstad examines the social and political meanings of sites. She explores how people consciously and unconsciously interact with stories written in the environment and how we read the traces that the stories leave behind. Her projects investigate the potential of how spatial and temporal constructions can serve as catalysts for a more profound commitment to history, identity and memory. Røstad has a doctorate in artistic research on the topic The Participatory Monument – Remembrance and Forgetting as Art Practice in Public Sphere (2018) at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO). Currently, Røstad is an Associate Professor in Art and Public Space (MFA) and is the Head of Research at the Department of Arts and Crafts at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO). In addition, Røstad leads two international interdisciplinary research projects: MEMORYWORK and ARcTic South. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in public spaces, festivals, galleries, and museums. Røstad lives and works in Oslo and Berlin.