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
Vital Statistics of a Citizen, Simply Obtained 1977 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
Semiotics of the Kitchen: An Audition 2011 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Semiotics of the Kitchen 1975 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Secrets from the Street: No Disclosure 1980 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Seattle: Hidden Histories 1995 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Prototype (God Bless America) 2006 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Museums will eat your lunch 2013 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
martha rosler: crossings 2019 New Releases, Single Artist Compilations, Box Sets, Compilations order video    add to wish list
Martha Rosler Reads Vogue, With Paper Tiger Television 1982 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
If it's too bad to be true, it could be DISINFORMATION 1985 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
How Do We Know What Home Looks Like? The Unité d’Habitation of Le Corbusier at Firminy, France 1993 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Flower Fields (Color Field Painting) 1974 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
Domination and the Everyday 1978 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Chile on the Road to NAFTA, Accompanied by the National Police Band 1997 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Born to Be Sold: Martha Rosler Reads the Strange Case of Baby $/M, With Paper Tiger Television 1988 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Because This Is Britain 2012 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Backyard Economy II (Diane Germain Mowing) 1974 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Backyard Economy I 1974 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
A budding gourmet 1974 Single Titles order video    add to wish list