Martha Rosler

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Martha Rosler at New Langton Arts in San Francisco, March 1980. Photo: Fred Lonidier.
Born July 29, 1943(1943-07-29)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Web UbuWeb Film, Aaaaarg, Wikipedia
Collections MoMA, Van Abbe, Stedelijk

Martha 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.

A retrospective of her work has been shown internationally, and her writing is published widely in publications such as Artforum, e-flux journal, and Texte zur Kunst.

Rosler has been included in numerous group exhibitions and biennials. In 2012, she presented a new series of photographs, taken during her trip to Cuba in January 1981, and in November, she presented the Meta-Monumental Garage Sale at MoMA in New York. Her most recent publications include Culture Class (2013; Spanish trans.: Clase cultural. Arte y gentrificación, 2014), on artists and gentrification; Martha Rosler: Irrespective (2018), accompanying her survey show in New York; and La Dominación y lo cotidiano: ensayos y guiones (2019), a book of essays and scripts in translation.

Rosler lives and works in Brooklyn. (2023)




(books, catalogues, writings)

  • 3 Works, Halifax: Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1981, 88 pp, IA; 2006.
    • "In, Around, and Afterthoughts (On Documentary Photography)", in 3 Works, 1981; repr. in The Context of Meaning: Critical Histories of Photography, ed. Richard Bolton, MIT Press, 1989, pp 303-325, IA; repr. in Photography: A Critical Reader, ed. Liz Wells, London: Routledge, 2000.
      • "I, omkring og ettertanker (om dokumenterende fotografi)", UKS-Forum for Samtidskunst 1-2, Oslo, 1979. (Norwegian)
      • "Drinnen, drumherum und nachtragliche Gedanken (zur Dokumentarfotografie)", in Martha Rosler. Positionen in der Lebenswelt, ed. Sabine Breitwieser, Vienna: Generali Foundation, and Cologne: Walther Koenig, 1999. (German)
  • Rights of Passage, Kortrijk: Kanaal Art Foundation, 1997. With essays by Alexander Alberro and Anthony Vidler.
  • In the Place of the Public: Observations of a Frequent Flyer, Ostfildern: Cantz, 1998. With essays by Rosler and Anthony Vidler. (English)/(German)
  • Martha Rosler. Positions in the Life World, ed. Catherine de Zegher, Birmingham: Ikon Gallery, and Vienna: Generali Foundation, 1999, 294 pp, IA. With interview by Benjamin H.D. Buchloh with Rosler; texts by Alexander Alberro, Sabine Breitwieser, Silvia Eiblmayr, Annette Michelson, Martha Rosler and Catherine de Zegher.
    • Martha Rosler. Positionen in der Lebenswelt, ed. & intro. Sabine Breitwieser, forew. Dietrich Karner, Vienna: Generali Foundation, and Cologne: Walther Koenig, 1999, 400 pp. [3] (German)
  • Passionate Signals, ed. Sprengel Museum Hannover and Inka Schube, Ostfildern: Cantz, 2005, 288 pp. With texts by Beatrice von Bismarck and Inka Schube. [4] (English)/(German)
  • Imágenes públicas: la función política de la imagen, Gustavo Gili, 2007. [5] (Spanish)
  • Martha Rosler: Irrespective, New York: Jewish Museum, and Yale Unversity Press, 2018, 256 pp. With essays by Darsie Alexander, Rosalyn Deutsche, and Elena Volpato, and a conversation between Molly Nesbit and Martha Rosler. Exh. review: Haigney (NY Times). Publisher. Exhibition.
  • La Dominación y lo cotidiano: ensayos y guiones, trans. Eduardo García Agustín and Gemma Deza Guil, Bilbao: Consonni, 2019, 224 pp. Essays and scripts in translation. Excerpt. Publisher. (Spanish)
  • Martha Rosler, eds. Sebastian Baden and Luise Leyer, Berlin: Dr. Cantz'sche Verlagsgesellschaft, Jul 2023, 144 pp. Catalogue. [6] (German)/(English)