A pioneer in the use of video as a tool for social and political analysis in the 1970s, Martha Rosler (New York, 1943) continues to challenge Western ways of life. For almost fifty years of artistic practice and with a recognized international trajectory, his proposals provide a critical look at the myths and realities of contemporary culture. Rosler incorporates his literary training and his interest in textuality to a visual work that updates the direct language of pop art along with experimental narrative forms from the happening and the avant-garde theater and cinema.
In addition to his performances, photographs, installations and essays, Rosler’s work stands out for his video creations. MACBA Collection. Martha Rosler: God Bless America! Focuses on the artist’s video production through a significant set of works from the MACBA Collection and spanning from the 1970s to 2006. With anti-war pieces such as the one that gives the title to the exhibition, two axes Critics who focus on Rosler’s interest: politics as an ideological exercise of power and the body of women as one of the privileged spaces where ideologies of power and class unfold.
Martha Rosler Reads ‘Vogue’ (1982), ‘A Simple Case for Torture’ and ‘How to Sleep at Night’ (1983), on the complicity between the press and political totalitarianism, , Which highlights the alliance between the fashion industry and the labor exploitation of women.
Articulated in a hybrid language that combines performance, texts and documentary and media material, these works represent a lucid exercise of deconstruction of the contradictions of our immediate public and private context. Referring to his work, Rosler wrote: “I want to make an art about the ordinary, an art that illuminates social life.”
Commissioner: Tanya Barson+info