By examining assumptions in contemporary America about identity, memories and beliefs, Martine Syms’ response contests propriety within art and art forms. A self-proclaimed “conceptual entrepreneur,” her work covers themes as varied as Afrofuturism, queer theory and the power of language. The rarified access to work in a typical institutional art context does not concur with Syms’ strategy of disseminating information; rather, she takes her work to where everyone hangs out—the Internet—and engages with different audiences through films, public lectures and publications. For Syms, these influences of discourse through ideas open up the gamut for conversation, even taking into consideration the virtual risks of trolling, the inherent potential for misunderstandings, and the ubiquitous presence of anything said and made living forever online. (MP)

Website: martinesyms.com

Martine Syms Lessons I-XXX, 2014

Martine Syms
Lessons I-XXX, 2014


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Max Presneill & Kio Griffith from ARTRA Curatorial is a volunteer organization for the implementation of new modes of exhibition, locally, nationally and internationally, that feature artist-led emerging platforms and opportunity based interactions and community building via social practice type events. Founded in 2009, the group has instigated large scale art events and exchanges, as well as the alternative art fair Co/Lab, throughout Los Angeles and has new projects being presented in China, France and UK in 2014, as well as the continuation of their MAS ATTACK series of events both in LA and other US cities.

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