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Gladiators

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Martha Rosler 
(American, b. 1943).

Gladiators from the series Bringing the War Home: House Beautiful. 2004.
Photomonage.
20″ x 24″.
Courtesy of Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz.

 

“I want to…explore the relationships between individual consciousness, family life, and the culture of monopoly capitalism.” — Martha Rosler

 

Martha Rosler started her photomontage series Bringing the War Home: House Beautiful in the late 1960s as a response to the abundance of gruesome footage of the Vietnam war that entered American homes each night on the television. Her collages startlingly juxtapose images of domestic bliss and the realities of war. After the start of the Iraq war, Rosler returned to her series. In this piece, Rosler evokes discomfort and familiarity with the ways media outlets infiltrate our homes and shape our worldview. Rosler examines how contemporary culture interprets the stark truths and human tragedies of war. These truths often present themselves in a jumble of mixed messages and mediums designed to connect with and challenge the audience. Bringing the terror and tragedy of war into the domestic space disrupts our notion of near and far, them and us.

A prolific writer and cultural critic, Rosler has taught at the Städelschule, a contemporary fine arts academy in Frankfurt as well as the Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Rosler has published over ten books of art and photography and continues to lecture on an international circuit.upon, and re-imagination of, traditional quilting—prompts one to consider the female artist’s role in an ever-evolving aesthetic culture.

 

Claire Buss ’12

Post-Baccalaureate Curatorial Intern

 
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