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Martha Rosler | USA

Invasion, 2008

Photomontage
138x80x4 cm

Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Christian Nagel, Köln/ Berlin/ Antwerpen



Photo Op (from the series: “House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, New Series”), 2008
Photomontage
53x64x3 cm

Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Christian Nagel, Köln/ Berlin/ Antwerpen

Martha Rosler is a multidisciplinary artist based in the United States whose work focuses on the urban landscape and the social and political reality of our time from a feminist viewpoint. In her works, she deals with questions of identity and place and the distance created between her and other identities and places, as well as questions of labor conditions, homelessness and economic injustice in today’s society. Rosler received numerous awards for her work, her bravery and the groundbreaking thought she introduces.

Rosler refers to the war and the common phrase "national security" by comparing daily life in her country to the wars in other countries. This exhibition features a number of works from "House Beautiful: Bringing the War Back Home", a series of photomontages where Rosler combines photographs from the magazine House Beautiful with images from the Vietnam and Iraq wars cut out of newspapers. Her works also consider the situation of women, and in the war compositions their role shifts from the rear to the front.

Rosler fuses lighthearted fashion shots with the drama of the same scene. She confronts the banal with moments of life and death, forcing the viewer to acknowledge the absurdity of the meeting of the quotidian with the battlefields.