Martine Syms is a 31 year old artist based in Los Angeles, California. She works primarily in the mediums of video and performance art. Syms’ work focuses on black identity, queer theory, and feminist thought. She uses the term “conceptual entrepreneur” to describe her practice. Syms’ practice is research-based.
Syms is represented by Bridget Donahue Gallery in New York City.
Syms is represented by Sadie Coles HQ in London.
Her distribution is managed by Video Data Bank in Chicago.
BFA in Film, Video, and New Media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007
MFA from Bard College in 2017
Select Places Her Work Has Been Shown
Museum of Modern Art
Founder of Dominica Publishing
Recipient of 2017 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant
2018 Graham for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Fellow
First solo museum exhibit in May of 2017 at MOMA called Projects 106: Martine Syms
Syms has lectured at places including SXSW, Yale University, Johns Hopkins University, and California Institute of the Arts
Aesthetically, I really enjoy Syms’ work. Her colors and her design are absolutely stellar. I also like her use of text and video in her pieces. I aspire to her level of expertise with the medium.
Further Reading and Links
How to Be a Successful Black Woman in The New Yorker
Interview in Artforum
The Phrase One Artist Lives (and Works) By in The New York Times Style Magazine