Since the early 1970s, American artist Martha Rosler has used video as well as photography, performance, and writing to reveal the constructed nature of our cultural realities. Rosler has played a pivotal role in the discourses around documentary photography. A central figure in the history of video art, she has examined what she has famously described as 'video's utopian moment' - the idea of video as a vehicle for provoking social transformation. She is also a critic and essayist and has lectured extensively internationally. Her work is concerned with everyday life and the public sphere, often with an eye to women's experience. Recurrent points of focus are the media and war as well as architecture and the built environment.
‘Air Fare (November 2008)’, a Fine Art Inkjet Print is an edition of 100 (+ 10 AP), signed and numbered by the artist. Dimensions: 60 x 50 cm. Courtesy Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin. One of Martha Rosler's ongoing concerns has been the photographic documentation and analysis of the public spaces of travel, pre-eminently that of air transport but also the road and the metro, or underground.
More than just transportation, the airlines promise bodily care and comfort. The meals put in front of us economy-class travelers, in our confined spaces - should we choose to accept them - open up a world of existential questions and associations.
- Martha Rosler.