Martha Rosler: Semiotics of the Kitchen, 1975

Women Video Work(s)

Women Video Work(s)
Woman in the kitchen
Semiotics of the Kitchen
© Martha Rosler
Date: 1975
Material/Technique: Video, B/w, stereo, 4:3
ZKM | Collection
Copyright: © Martha Rosler
From A to Z, Rosler "shows and tells" the ingredients of the housewife's day, giving us a tour that names and mimics the ordinary with movements more samurai-like than suburban. Rosler's slashing gesture as she forms the letters of the alphabet with a fork and knife in the air, is a rebel gesture, punching through the, "system of harnessed subjectivity," from the inside out.
Matha Rosler
Martha Rosler was born in Brooklyn, New York, where she lives and works. She received a B.A. from Brooklyn College and an M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego. She has taught at the Städelschule in Frankfurt and at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Her works in several media are in the permanent collections of numerous museums. The Martha Rosler Library toured from 2005 to 2009. A career retrospective, Positions in the Life World, was exhibited at 5 European cities and at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, and Institute of Contemporary Photography, New York, from 1998 to 2000. Rosler was awarded the Spectrum International Prize in Photography for 2005 and the Oskar Kokoschka Prize in 2006. She received an Anonymous Was A Woman Award in 2007. In 2012 Meta-Monumental Garage Sale, her first solo exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
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