Songs22 Oct 2021
The event is over
A singular figure in the history of American art, Martha Wilson was one of the first artists to use her body to question social representations of the female. Her pioneering work in the early 1970s entered the field of conceptual practices with radical irony.
The artist transforms and disguises her appearance, and with a corrosive humour, she portrays the stereotypical identities of neoliberal America. Her militant commitment to the margins is reflected in her standup performances. She is also responsible for the creation of Franklin Furnace in New York in 1976, a place dedicated to showing and preserving artistic experimentation and activism, as well as the all-female music group Disband in 1978. The programme Songs, conceived by the artist in parallel with her exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, brings together a selection of songs from that period to the present day. In her bare voice, the artist distils her satirical spirit, charging the social and political mores of ultra-liberalism.
Born in 1947 in Philadelphia, Martha Wilson began directing herself in the early 1970s, alone in front of the camera, using video, photography and text. At the time, she was teaching English literature at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in the Canadian city of Halifax. She moved to New York in 1974, assuming her status as an artist on the margins of institutions and the market. Her work was quickly included in Lucy Lippard's pioneering work on feminist conceptual practices and rediscovered in the early 2000s. She has had several solo exhibitions and publications in the United States, Canada and Europe.
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