Biography

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn-based artist Martha Rosler works in video, photography, text, installation, and performance. Her work often addresses matters of the public sphere and landscapes of everyday life – actual and virtual – especially as they affect women. For many years Rosler has produced works on war and the national security climate, connecting life at home with the conduct of war abroad, in which her photomontage series played a critical part. In 2004 and 2008, in opposition to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, she reinstituted her now well-known series of photomontages Bringing the War Home: House Beautiful, made as a response to the war in Vietnam in the late 1960s. She has also published several books of photographs, texts, and commentary on public space, ranging from airports and roads to housing and gentrification. 

Martha Rosler was born in Brooklyn, where she continues to live and work. She attended the Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and the University of California, San Diego, where she received her BFA and MFA respectively. She has had solo exhibitions at various institutions, internationally and in the US, including the Seattle Museum of Art, Seattle (2016); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012); The Centro José Guerrero, Granada, Spain (2009-10); the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2007); the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (1990); and the Dia Art Foundation, New York (1989). She has been included in numerous group exhibitions at institutions such as The Brooklyn Museum, New York (2015); The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2015); the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain (2013); the LA Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (2011), and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY (2008). Rosler has also published 17 books of photography, art, and writing, in several languages. She received the Guggenheim Museum Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. 

All images © Martha Rosler.