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b. 1988, USA

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 sculpture
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 sculpture
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 print
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 print
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 photography
Martine SymsHalf Sheet, 2019Archival pigment print on sintra
55.9 x 71.1 cm
Sadie Coles HQ Contact Gallery

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