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Martine Syms Biography

Martine Syms (b. 1988, Los Angeles (CA)) obtained a MFA from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson (NY) (2017) and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (IL) (2007). Syms has earned wide recognition for a practice that combines conceptual grit, humour and social commentary. Using a combination of video, installation and performance, often interwoven with explorations into technique and narrative, Syms examines representations of blackness and its relationship to vernacular, feminist thought, and radical traditions. Syms's research-based practice frequently references and incorporates theoretical models concerning performed or imposed identities, the power of the gesture, and embedded assumptions concerning gender and racial inequalities.

Martine Syms Featured Artworks

Aunty (6) by Martine Syms contemporary artwork
Martine SymsAunty (6), 2018Painted steel chair, woven polyester strap
94 x 45 x 72 cm
Sadie Coles HQ Contact Gallery
Aunty (1) by Martine Syms contemporary artwork
Martine SymsAunty (1), 2018Painted steel chair, woven polyester strap
94 x 45 x 72 cm
Sadie Coles HQ Contact Gallery
Relax Your Jaw (13) by Martine Syms contemporary artwork
Martine SymsRelax Your Jaw (13), 2018Printed dance flooring
365.8 x 182.9 cm
Sadie Coles HQ Contact Gallery
Three Sheet by Martine Syms contemporary artwork
Martine SymsThree Sheet, 2019Archival pigment print on sintra
203.2 x 104.1 cm
Sadie Coles HQ Contact Gallery
Half Sheet by Martine Syms contemporary artwork
Martine SymsHalf Sheet, 2019Archival pigment print on sintra
55.9 x 71.1 cm
Sadie Coles HQ Contact Gallery

Martine Syms Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Martine Syms, Grand Calme at Sadie Coles HQ, London
Closed
6 September–20 October 2018 Martine Syms Grand Calme Sadie Coles HQKingly Street

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Martine Syms In Ocula Magazine

Martine Syms Ocula Conversation Martine Syms By Kate Brettkelly-Chalmers, Auckland

Martine Syms is a Los Angeles-based artist who is gaining critical attention for works that explore the relationship between black creative cultures and contemporary digital media. She opened her solo exhibition Fact & Trouble at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts in April 2016, and is currently showing in group exhibitions across...

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Martine Syms In Related Press

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A Sculpture/Chair That Asks "Who Is Going to Grab My Booty?" Related Press A Sculpture/Chair That Asks "Who Is Going to Grab My Booty?" 13 November 2019, Garage

The chair sculptures are comprised of a steel frame that has been painted black with the seat and back upholstered with woven, text-adorned polyester straps. The writing on the chairs ranges from 'WHO IS GOING TO GRAB MY BOOTY?' to 'ACID WEED XANAX MUSHROOMS MDMA COKE K' and 'STOP PROTECTING YOURSELF.'

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Capricorn Related Press Capricorn 12 November 2019, L'Officiel

'The closer you get to the real thing, the stronger the pull of the opposite force becomes. It feels like they are trying to kill you.'

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Lismore Castle serves up a rich palimpsest of themes for new show Related Press Lismore Castle serves up a rich palimpsest of themes for new show 5 April 2019, The Art Newspaper

Palimpsest —a manuscript or document where the original writing has been erased and written over but which still bears the traces of what was there before—is the title of the main show at Lismore Arts. It is an appropriately multilayered theme for a show housed in Lismore castle, the Irish home of the Dukes of Devonshire, which...

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An Expression of the Divine: A Review of Martine Syms at the Graham Foundation Related Press An Expression of the Divine: A Review of Martine Syms at the Graham Foundation 12 January 2019, Newcity Art

As we watch, Syms cues us in on our personal performance of moving through the space. The role of surveillance is not static but one that constantly shifts through different apparatuses, ultimately reminding us that surveillance is all about vantage points. Syms makes us feel like we are at the karaoke party, suggesting how optics of surveillance...

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