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11:0015:00 h
Venue: MACBA
Plaça dels Àngels, 1
08001 Barcelona
Price: 10€

Pioneer in the 1970s of the use of video as a tool for socio-political analysis, Martha Rosler (New York, 1943) continues to question the Western way of life. With an internationally established career spanning almost fifty years, her work is a critical analysis of the myths and realities of contemporary culture. Rosler incorporates her literary studies and her interest in textuality to a visual oeuvre that relates the direct language of Pop Art to the experimental narrative forms of happenings and avant-garde theatre and cinema.

Including performance, photography, installation and essays, Rosler’s work is best known for her video productions. MACBA Collection. Martha Rosler: God Bless America! focuses on this type of work through a significant collection of video pieces from the seventies to 2006 belonging to the MACBA Collection. Together with anti-war videos like the one that gives the exhibition its title, the show centres on two of Rosler’s most important critical lines of work: politics as an ideological game of power and women’s bodies as privileged spaces summing up the ideologies of power and class.

Two lines of work that cross each other in the two last pieces: A Simple Case for Torture, or How to Sleep at Night (1983), on the complicity between the press and political totalitarianism, and Martha Rosler Reads ‘Vogue’ (1982), highlighting the alliance between the fashion industry and the exploitation of women workers.

Articulated in a hybrid language combining performance, texts, and media and documentary material, the works offer a lucid deconstruction exercise on the contradictions in our public and private surroundings. Describing her work, Rosler has said: ‘I want to make art about the commonplace, art that illumines social life.’

Curator: Tanya Barson