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MARTHA ROSLER


Exhibition: March 15 - April 14, 2013
Lecture: April 5, 4 pm
in the UK Student Center's Worsham Theater
FREE

Rosler photographMARTHA ROSLER, Invasion, 2008, photomontage, courtesy of the artist and
Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY


Whether working as a photographer, videographer, or writer, artist Martha Rosler has created startling and incisive commentaries on American culture for more than forty years. The roles of women, wars from Vietnam to Afghanistan, and the values of a consumer-driven society have provided rich grounds for exploration. Her performance in the 1975 video Semiotics of the Kitchen, in which she demonstrates the ABCs of domestic implements, is both hilariously deadpan and filled with rage. A pioneer in the use of found images, Rosler began her Bringing Home the War in the late 1960s after being struck by the juxtaposition of graphic photographs of war with ads for a new couch in a glossy magazine. She revived it during the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. “It wasn’t about contrasting two realities, but two world views: our ideal self and this other thing which was the unacceptable realities of another place,” she says.

 

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