Active since the 1960s, Martha Rosler is one of the most important figures of the American art scene. Her art is a form of critical analysis of contemporary society through photographs, videos, performances and written texts. Focusing on the public sphere, Rosler explores issues that range from everyday life and the media to architecture, especially as they affect women. She has for many years produced works on war and the national security climate — connecting life at home with the conduct of war abroad.
The photomontages in the series House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, New Series were born in 2008, during the wars waged by the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan, and resume one of Rosler’s most celebrated body of works, House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home (1967-72), a series of twenty photomontages that originated as flyers to demonstrate against the war in Vietnam. In that series Rosler combines interior views of middle-class American homes with scabrous images of war. Similarly, the two exhibited works combine glossy fashion magazine images with photos of war scenarios. Resuming the strategy of visual sabotage in which one image insinuates itself into another, Rosler decomposes the coherence of the official narrative with respect to the events portrayed. With these works, the artist not only reflects on the images that war creates and how they are disseminated and received by the public through the media, but she also highlights the correlation between consumerism and imperialism, the erosion between public and private spheres, and the ever-present gender stereotypes.
Martha Rosler (New York, US), lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Rosler works with videos, photographs, installations and performances. She has published several books of photographs, texts, and commentary on public space, ranging from airports and roads to housing and gentrification. She has had many solo exhibitions, including: Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (upcoming 2023); MARe Museum, Bucharest (2022); Tate Modern, London (2022); Es Baluard Museu, Palma (2020); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo. Santiago, Chile (2019); The Jewish Museum, New York (2018); Kunstmuseum Basel (2018); MACBA, Barcelona (2017); Art Institute of Chicago (2016); IVAM, Valencia (2015); MoMA, New York (2012); GAM, Torino (2010) Centre Pompidou, Paris (2007); Sprengel Museum, Hanover (2005); The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2000); the International Center of Photography, New York (2000); and Dia Art Foundation, New York (1989). She has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including at MoMA, NY (2023), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC (2019); Garage Museum, Moscow (2019); The Whitney Museum, New York (2018); The Serralves Museum, Porto (2017); Reina Sofía, Madrid (2013). She has participated in Skulptur Projekte Münster 07; dOCUMENTA 7 (1982) and dOCUMENTA 12 (2007); the 50th Venice Art Biennale (2003); Liverpool Biennale (2004), and several other biennales.