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b. 1981, Philippines

Martha Atienza Biography

Born to a Dutch mother and Filipino father, Martha Atienza (b. 1981, Manila, Philippines; lives and works in Bantayan Island, Philippines) has moved between the Netherlands and the Philippines throughout her life. Constantly oscillating between these two cultures has had a profound influence on Atienza's focus as an artist.

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Atienza's practice explores installation and video as a way of documenting and questioning issues around environment, community and development. Her work is mostly constructed in video, of an almost sociological nature, that studies her direct environment. Often utilizing technology in the form of mechanical systems, Atienza explores the immersive capacity of installation in generating critical discourse. Her work tends to be collaborative in nature, working with people from different backgrounds and expertise as well as residents of Bantayan Island, where her family is from, whose narratives are intricately woven into issues such as environmental change, displacement, cultural loss, governance and socio- economic disparities.

Since graduating with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Academy of Visual Arts and Design in the Netherlands, Atienza has exhibited internationally at various art spaces, galleries, and video festivals. In 2017, Atienza won the Baloise Art Prize in Art Basel (Switzerland) for her work, Our Islands 11°16'58.4_N 123°45'07.0_E. In 2016, she was one of the five shortlisted artists for the Benesse Art Prize (Japan) in the Singapore Biennale. In 2015, Atienza was awarded the Thirteen Artists Awards by the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Martha Atienza has also had residencies all over the world: in 2005, she was a part of Kuvataideakatemia's art program in Finland. In 2016 and 2012, she won the prestigious Ateneo Art Award with studio residency grants in Liverpool, Melbourne, New York and Singapore. In 2016, she was the recipient of the first Mercedes Zobel/Outset Residency at Gasworks in London. In 2018, Atienza was a part of the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art's residency program in Singapore.

Recent exhibitions include Equation of State, solo exhibition, Silverlens, Manila (2019) ; Honolulu Biennial: To Make Wrong / Right / Now, Honolulu, Hawaii (2019); 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, QAGOMA, Brisbane (2018); Taipei Biennale: Post-Nature – A Museum as an Ecosystem, Taipei Fine Arts Museum (2018); Bienal de Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2018); Fair Isles, solo exhibition, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Center for Contemporary Art, Germany (2018); No Man's Land, MUDAM, Luxembourg (2018);2018 Asia Project: How Little You Know About Me, MMCA, Korea (2018)

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Adlaw sa mga Mananagat (Fisherfolks Day) by Martha Atienza contemporary artwork moving image
Martha Atienza Adlaw sa mga Mananagat (Fisherfolks Day) Single Channel Loop, 45 min, 44 sec
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Mambacayao Daku 11°02’06.4”N 123°36’24.1”E by Martha Atienza contemporary artwork moving image
Martha Atienza Mambacayao Daku 11°02’06.4”N 123°36’24.1”E Single Channel Loop, 123 min, 54 sec
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Tigpanalipod 11°02’06.4”N 123°36’24.1”E (1) by Martha Atienza contemporary artwork moving image
Martha Atienza Tigpanalipod 11°02’06.4”N 123°36’24.1”E (1), 2022 Single Channel Loop, 74:05 min. loop
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Our Islands 11°17'19.6N 123°43'12.5E by Martha Atienza contemporary artwork moving image
Martha Atienza Our Islands 11°17'19.6"N 123°43'12.5"E, 2016 Single channel HD video with audio, 22 minutes loop
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Migration N50°42’31.08” W028° 54'57.65 by Martha Atienza contemporary artwork moving image
Martha Atienza Migration N50°42’31.08” W028° 54'57.65", 2017 Single channel HD video (01:03:00 min. loop), no audio
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Our Islands11°16'58.4 N 123°45'07.0 E by Martha Atienza contemporary artwork moving image
Martha Atienza Our Islands11°16'58.4 N 123°45'07.0 E, 2017 single channel HD video (01:12:00 min loop, no audio)
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Gilubong Ang Akong Pusod Sa Dagat (My Navel is Buried in the Sea) by Martha Atienza contemporary artwork moving image
Martha Atienza Gilubong Ang Akong Pusod Sa Dagat (My Navel is Buried in the Sea), 2011 3-channel HD video installation (00:31:00 min), Visayan audio, English subtitles
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