Martine Syms

Martine Syms (b. 1988, Los Angeles) uses video and performance to examine representations of blackness. Her artwork has been exhibited and screened extensively, including presentations at the Museum of Modern Art, Hammer Museum, ICA London, New Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and The Studio Museum in Harlem, among other institutions. She has lectured at Yale University, SXSW, California Institute of the Arts, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University, and MoMA PS1, among other venues. Syms’ recently presented exhibitions include BOON, Secession, Wien (2019); Shame Space, ICA Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond (2019); Grand Calme, SCHQ, London (2018); Big Surprise, Bridget Donahue Gallery, New York (2018); Contemporary Projects: Martine Syms, Serralves Museum (2018); Projects 106: Martine Syms, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2017); Fact and Trouble, ICA London (2016). From 2007-2011 she was the co-director of the Chicago artist run project space Golden Age, and she currently runs Dominica Publishing, an imprint dedicated to exploring blackness in visual culture. She is the author of Implications and Distinctions: Format, Content and Context in Contemporary Race Film (2011).