Martine Syms: The Unreliable Narrator

 

Thursday, November 12, 6:00 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.

The interdisciplinary work of Los Angeles–based "conceptual entrepreneur" Martine Syms (BFA 2007) takes shape through websites, essays, bibliographies, and videos to explore the ways individual and social identities are formed. Incisive and sharp, she has addressed Afrofuturism, the life and murder of Trayvon Martin, Johnson Publishing, and the radical potential of black sitcoms. Syms returns to Chicago to present a series of recent videos on memory and self-presentation, including Memory Palace (2014, with Kahlil Joseph), an elegiac homage to LA, A Pilot for a Show About Nowhere (2014), a slippery visual essay-cum-personal-history on the politics of television viewership, and Notes on Gesture (2015), an examination of speech through screen tests of black women.

2007–15, USA, multiple formats, ca 60 min + discussion

Martine Syms is an artist based in Los Angeles. She currently runs Dominica, an imprint dedicated to exploring blackness as topic, reference, marker, and audience in visual culture. She has lectured at SXSW, Walker Art Center, REDCAT, ICA London, and MoMA PS1, among other venues. Her artwork has been exhibited and screened widely, including at the New Museum, Studio Museum, White Flag Projects, ICA Philadelphia, and 356 Mission. She received a BFA from SAIC in 2007.

 

Martine Syms, still from A Pilot for a Show About Nowhere, 2014. Courtesy of the artist