SEMIOTICS OF THE KITCHEN
Expression

Martha Rosler
6 min
USA 1975

In this seminal feminist video a woman stands in a kitchen picking up an implement for every letter of the alphabet, A-Z. Making an action with each implement she subverts their functional status, replacing it with caustic humour, private wild music or interpersonal violence. Like the central character in Dulac’s film, she becomes a different kind of antithesis to the categorized, obedient housewife, directly undermining social and gender constructions with political intent.

Martha Rosler
() USA

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Martha Rosler works in video, photo-text, installation, and performance, and writes criticism. Her work in the public sphere ranges from everyday life — often with an eye to women's experience — and the media to architecture and the built environment. She has published several books of photographs, texts, and commentary on public space, ranging from airports and roads to housing and homelessness. Her work has been seen in the "Documenta" exhibition in Kassel, Germany; several Whitney biennials; the Institute of Contemporary Art in London; the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Dia Center for the Arts in New York; and a retrospective of her work has been shown in five European cities and in New York at the New Museum and the International Center of Photography (2000). http://home.earthlink.net/~navva/

Semiotics of the Kitchen, Martha Rosler, USA 1975

Martha Rosler, Semiotics of the Kitchen, 1975 © courtesy of the artist / Cinenova

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