"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
Martha Colburn (b. 1971, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA) lives and works in Queens, New York and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She earned a BA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (1994) and attended the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten (2002). She has received awards from the New York Underground Film Festival (2003, 1999) and the Chicago Underground Film Festival (2002, 1999), and grants from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation (2007), New York Foundation for the Arts (2007), New York State Council for the Arts (2007), Jerome Foundation (2006), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2005), and the Dutch Film Fund (2004–05). Her work has been included in the exhibitions Dolls vs. Dictators, The Museum of the Moving Image, Queens (2011); Don’t kill the weather man!, Stadtmuseum, Jena, Germany (2010); The Dissolve, SITE Santa Fe Biennial (2010); Live Cinema/Histories in Motion, Philadelphia Museum of Art (2009); Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, Netherlands (2009); Stages of Alarm, Frans Hals Museum De Hallen, Haarlem, Netherlands (2008); Meet Me in Wichita, The Kitchen, New York (2008); Terre d'accueil, terre d’exil, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2007); and the 2005 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2005). She has performed at the MAXXI Museum, Rome (2011), New Museum, New York (2010); ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn (2010); SFMoMA, San Francisco (2009); Artists Space, New York (2009); and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (2008). Her films have screened at Anthology Film Archives, New York (2011, 2009) and the Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah (2009, 2007, 2003, 2000), among other film festivals worldwide.
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