A still photograph from one of the videos by Rosler that can be see at MACBA

The critical vision of Martha Rosler: the focus of a new exhibition at MACBA

The exhibition, which can be seen until 15 October, features eleven video works by the artist.

Martha Rosler (New York 1943) was a pioneer in the use of video as a tool for political and social analysis. That is the reason why Barcelona’s MACBA contemporary art museum has chosen this facet of her work, rather than her activity in the fields of photography, installations and performances, as the focus of MACBA COLLECTION. Martha Rosler: God Bless Amèrica!, an exhibition that presents eleven of her video works dating from the 1970s to the 21st century.

The exhibition provides ample evidence of Rosler’s critical perspective on the mechanisms of contemporary culture, as well as her commitment to politics and feminism. The exhibition’s curator Tanya Barson has selected videos that speak out against war and that deal with the issues of immigration, the complicity between multinational corporations and the relations between the government of the United States and dictatorial regimes in Latin America. The second group of works is concerned exclusively with gender-related issues such as the instrumentalization of women’s bodies by the media and the fashion and advertising industries. Referring to her work, Rosler has written: ‘I want to make art about the commonplace, art that illuminates social life.’

This temporary exhibition can be seen at MACBA until 15 October. Additional information is available at the following link.

Publication date: Tuesday, 25 July 2017
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