Martine Syms: Fact & Trouble

20 Apr 2016 – 19 Jun 2016

Cost of entry

Entry with Day Membership, set at £1.

ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts)

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Piccadilly Circus/Charing Cross

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Martine Syms' first solo institution exhibition in the UK. For the exhibition she presents new work in a variety of media that continues to explore her ongoing interest in cultural exchange and identity.


An exhibition of new and recent photography, video, and sculpture by Martine Syms (b. 1988), a Los Angeles-based artist with an ongoing interest in historiography, semiotics, and pop. Syms is interested in how language and physical gestures are used within the American media as expressions of identity. Her exhibition features works derived from her recent video series Lessons, an incomplete poem in 180 sections. Each Lesson takes the form of a 30-second TV clip. The footage, which is original and appropriated, is a distillation of everyday life.

Syms is the founder of Dominica, a publishing imprint dedicated to exploring black aesthetics in visual culture. Through publishing, video, and performance Syms explores the making and reception of meaning in present-day America.


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