Martine Syms

Born in 1988 at Los Angeles .
Martine Syms has earned wide recognition for a practice that combines conceptual grit, humour, and social commentary.

Using a combination of video, installation and performance, often interwoven with explorations into technique and narrative, Martine Syms examines representations of blackness and its relationship to vernacular, feminist thought, and radical traditions.

Syms’s research-based practice frequently references and incorporates theoretical models concerning performed or imposed identities, the power of the gesture, and embedded assumptions concerning gender and racial inequalities.

Martine Syms obtained a MFA from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson (NY) (2017) and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (IL) (2007).

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, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Lafayette Anticipations, 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.

Exhibited at Lafayette Anticipations