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Lecture: Martha Rosler, UK’s Worsham Theater
April 5, 2013 @ 4:00 pm
MARTHA ROSLER Photography Lecture
Friday, April 5, 4 pm
Worsham Theater, UK Student Center
from the UK Art Museum:
Rosler has published sixteen books of photography, art, and writing, among them Decoys and Disruptions: Selected Essays 1975-2001 (2004) and Passionate Signals (2005). She serves in an advisory capacity to the departments of education at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
She began her series Bringing the War Home: House Beautiful (1967-1972) after being struck by an unnerving juxtaposition: graphic images of the Vietnam War on one page of a magazine, followed by an ad for a new couch on the next. Using the technique of photomontage, she began merging the imagery, so that a Vietnamese man appears to carry a wounded child up the stairs of a pristine and stylish American house or a storybook family reclines on a mattress in the midst of a bombed out home, oblivious to the carnage surrounding them.
Rosler revived this photomontage technique in the mid-2000s during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In Saddam’s Palace (Febreeze), a smiling housewife appears to erase the destruction of war with an air freshener.