Martine Syms (b. 1988, Los Angeles, CA) 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). 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, 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.
Solo exhibitions include: Ugly Plymouths, 5239 Melrose Avenue, presented by Bridget Donahue and Sadie Coles HQ, Los Angeles CA, USA (2020); Boon, Secession, Vienna, Austria (2019); Shame Space, Institute of Contemporary Art at Virginia (2019); Commonwealth University, Richmond VA, USA (2019); Incense Sweaters & Ice, Graham Foundation, Chicago IL, USA (2018); Big Surprise, Bridget Donahue Gallery, New York NY, USA (2018); SHE MAD: Laughing Gas, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL, USA (2018); Grand Calme, Sadie Coles HQ, London, England (2018); Contemporary Projects: Martine Syms, Serralves Foundation, Porto, Portugal (2018); Projects 106: Martine Syms, MoMA Museum of Modern Art, New York NY, USA (2017); VNXXCAS: Martine Syms, Camden Arts Centre, London, England (2017); The Easy Demands, CONDO: Bridget Donahue hosted by Sadie Coles HQ, London, England (2017); Borrowed Lady, Audain Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2016); Fact & Trouble, ICA Institute of Contemporary Art, London, England (2016); COM PORT MENT, Karma International, Beverly Hills CA, USA; (2016) Martine Syms: Black Box, Human Resources, Los Angeles CA, USA (2016); rt on the Move: Martine Syms curated by Franklin Sirmans, Locust Projects, Miami FL, USA (2015); otes On Gesture, Machine Project, Los Angeles CA, USA (2015); Vertical Elevated Oblique, Bridget Donahue Gallery, New York NY, USA (2015); artine Syms, White Flag Projects, St. Louis MO, USA (2015);The Queen’s English, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena CA, USA (20154)