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martha rosler

biography

Martha Rosler was born in 1943 Brooklyn, New York, where she continues to live and work.

Rosler works in video, photography, text, installation, and performance. Her work focuses on the public sphere, exploring issues from everyday life and the media to architecture and the built environment, especially as they affect women.

Rosler has for many years produced works on war and the national security climate, connecting life at home with the conduct of war abroad, in which her photomontage series played a critical part. She has also published several books of photographs, texts, and commentary on public space, ranging from airports and roads to housing and gentrification. Her writing is published widely in publications such as Artforum, e-flux journal, and Texte zur Kunst. In 2012, she presented a new series of photographs, shoot during her trip to Cuba in January 1981, while on a tour organized by Ana Mendieta and Lucy Lippard. Taken only two months after Reagan’s election as president and three months after the culmination of the six-month-long Mariel boatlift, these photographs regard Havana’s military uniform stores, Brutalist architecture, and portraits of Che dispassionately, as so much context for the staging of Cuban public life.

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Martha Rosler was born in 1943 Brooklyn, New York, where she continues to live and work.

Rosler works in video, photography, text, installation, and performance. Her work focuses on the public sphere, exploring issues from everyday life and the media to architecture and the built environment, especially as they affect women.

Rosler has for many years produced works on war and the national security climate, connecting life at home with the conduct of war abroad, in which her photomontage series played a critical part. She has also published several books of photographs, texts, and commentary on public space, ranging from airports and roads to housing and gentrification. Her writing is published widely in publications such as Artforum, e-flux journal, and Texte zur Kunst. In 2012, she presented a new series of photographs, shoot during her trip to Cuba in January 1981, while on a tour organized by Ana Mendieta and Lucy Lippard. Taken only two months after Reagan’s election as president and three months after the culmination of the six-month-long Mariel boatlift, these photographs regard Havana’s military uniform stores, Brutalist architecture, and portraits of Che dispassionately, as so much context for the staging of Cuban public life.

Rosler has had numerous solo exhibitions at various institutions, internationally, including The Jewish Museum, New York (2018); Kunstmuseum Basel (2018); MACBA, Barcelona (2017); Seattle Museum of Art (2016); Sprengel Museum, Hannover (2013), MOMA, New York, (2012); The Centro José Guerrero, Granada (2009-10); La Virreina, Barcelona (2010), the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2007); the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (1990); and the Dia Art Foundation, New York (1989). She has been included in numerous group exhibitions at institutions such as the Hamburger Kunsthalle (2017); The Serralves Museum, Porto (2017); The Brooklyn Museum, New York (2015); The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2015); the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2013); the LA Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, (2011); Skulptur Projekte Münster 07 (2007); dOCUMENTA 7 (1982) & dOCUMENTA 12 (2007), Kassel; the Venice Biennale (2003); the Liverpool Biennial (2004); Tate Modern, London (2005, 2015).

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images

Off the Shelf

Off the Shelf: Cyber, Labor, Global, 2018

C-print

71 × 56 cm

Off the Shelf: The Life of the City, 2018

C-print

71 × 56 cm

Off the Shelf: Occupy!, 2018

C-print

71 × 56 cm

Off the Shelf: About Women, By Women, 2018

C-print

71 × 56 cm

Off the Shelf: Planes, Trains, and Under Ground, 2018

C-print

71 × 56 cm

Off the Shelf: Capitalism, Democracy, 2018

C-print

71 × 56 cm

Off the Shelf: Gardening Fantasia, 2008

C-print

71 × 56 cm

Off the Shelf: Utopian Science Fiction, F, 2008

C-print

71 × 56 cm

House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, 2008

Photomontage

76,2 × 259,1 cm

Invasion, from the series House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, New Series, 2008

Photomontage

77,2 × 137,2 cm

Point and Shoot, from the series House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, New Series, 2008

Photomontage

76,2 × 98,1 cm

Reading Hannah Arendt

Reading Hannah Arendt (Politically, for an American in the 21st Century), 2006

Installation with excerpts from Hannah Arendt's writings, in English and German, on transparent acetate panels

dimensions variable

Reading Hannah Arendt (Politically, for an American in the 21st Century), 2006

Installation with excerpts from Hannah Arendt's writings, in English and German, on transparent acetate panels

dimensions variable

Reading Hannah Arendt (Politically, for an American in the 21st Century), 2006

Installation with excerpts from Hannah Arendt's writings, in English and German, on transparent acetate panels

dimensions variable

Cuba, January 1981

Party Building, 1981

Digital c-print

27,9 × 41,3 cm

Plaza de la Revolución, Havana, 1981

Silver gelatin type LE print

27,9 × 41,3 cm

Street Scene, 1981

Silver gelatin type LE print

27,9 × 41,3 cm

Men, Shop Window, 1981

Digital c-print

27,9 × 41,3 cm

Men's Clothiers, Santiago, 1981

Silver gelatin type LE print

27,9 × 41,3 cm

Window Shopping, Havana, 1981

Silver gelatin type LE print

27,9 × 41,3 cm

Looking at Biological Models, 1981

Digital c-print

27,9 × 41,3 cm

Workshop, 1981

Digital c-print

27,9 × 41,3 cm

Pre-fab Residences Construction Site, 1981

Digital c-print

41,3 × 27,9 cm

Militia Headquarters, Camagüey, 1981

Silver gelatin type LE print

41,3 × 27,9 cm

Poetry Festival Banners, Trinidad, 1981

Silver gelatin type LE print

41,3 × 27,9 cm

Video

Prototype (God Bless America), 2006

Video (color, silent)

1'

Backyard Economy I, 1974

color, silent

3' 26''

Backyard Economy II (Diane Germain Mowing), 1974

color, silent

6' 32''

public exhibitions

Es Baluard Museu d’Art Contemporani de Palma

Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Martha Rosler. How Do We Get There From Here?

21.2 – 10.5.2020

Photo © Es Baluard Museu, 2020

Neubauer Collegium Chicago

University of Chicago

Martha Rosler: Passionate Signals

17.9.2019 – 31.1.2020

Photo: Robert Heishman

MAC

Parque Forestal

Santiago

Si tú vivieras aquí

26.7 – 13.10.2019

© Cristobal Molina

MAC

Parque Forestal

Santiago

Si tú vivieras aquí

26.7 – 13.10.2019

© Cristobal Molina

Kunstmuseum Basel

Basel

War Games: Martha Rosler & Hito Steyerl

5.5.2018 – 20.1.2019

Photo: Marc Asekhame

Kunstmuseum Basel

Basel

War Games: Martha Rosler & Hito Steyerl

5.5.2018 – 20.1.2019

Photo: Marc Asekhame

Kunstmuseum Basel

Basel

War Games: Martha Rosler & Hito Steyerl

5.5.2018 – 20.1.2019

Photo: Marc Asekhame

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Washington, D.C.

Women House

9.3 – 28.5.2018

Photo: Lee Stalsworth

Mamco

Geneva

House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home

11.10.2017 – 4.2.2018

Photo: Annik Wetter

An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940-2017

New York

An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940-2017

18.8 – 27.8.2017

Digital image © Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

press

Ana Vieira, Marina Planas and Martha Rosler Join Forces at Es Baluard Museum

Balasz Takac

Widewalls

February 26, 2020

Marta Rosler

The Jewish Museum

Rachel Churner

Artforum

March 2019

Martha Rosler's Wicked and Welcome Sense of Humor

Ilana Novick

Hyperallergic

December 13, 2018

Martha Rosler by James Eischen

James Eischen

BOMB

September 23, 2012

This Getty Show Reveals The Deep Roots Of The Media's Woes -- And How Artists Can Rescue The News

Jonathon Keats

Forbes

January 11, 2017

publications

Irrespective

Catalog published on the occasion of "Martha Rosler: Irrespective" at the Jewish Museum, New York, 2018

Martha Rosler

Yale University Press

New Haven

2018

The Art of Cooking

Martha Rosler

University of Minnesota Press

Minneapolis

2016

Service: A Trilogy on Colonization

Martha Rosler

Printed Matter

New York

1978/2008

Martha Rosler: Culture Class

Edited by Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, Anton Vidokle

Sternberg Press

Berlin

2013