Martha Rosler

Since the early 1970s, Martha Rosler has used photography, performance, writing, and video to deconstruct cultural reality. Describing her work, Rosler says, “The subject is the commonplace—I am trying to use video to question the mythical explanations of everyday life. We accept the clash of public and private as natural, yet their separation is historical. The antagonism of the two spheres, which have in fact developed in tandem, is an ideological fiction—a potent one. I want to explore the relationships between individual consciousness, family life, and culture under capitalism.” 

Avoiding a pedantic stance, Rosler characteristically lays out visual and verbal material in a manner that allows the contradictions to gradually emerge, so that the audience can discern these disjunctions for themselves. By making her ideas accessible, Rosler invites her audience to re-examine the dynamics and demands of ideology, urging critical consciousness of the individual compromises exacted by society, and opening the door to a radical re-thinking of how cultural “reality” is constructed for the economic and political benefit of a select group.

Also see:
Martha Rosler: An Interview

Available Titles by Martha Rosler

Titlesort icon Year Collection Action
Born to be Sold: Martha Rosler Reads the Strange Case of Baby M 1988 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Domination and the Everyday 1978 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
The East Is Red, The West Is Bending 1977 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
If It's Too Bad to Be True, It Could Be DISINFORMATION 1985 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Losing: A Conversation with the Parents 1977 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Seattle: Hidden Histories 1995 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Secrets from the Street: No Disclosure 1980 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Semiotics of the Kitchen 1975 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
A Simple Case for Torture, or How to Sleep at Night  1983 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Vital Statistics of a Citizen, Simply Obtained 1977 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list