Martha Wilson’s 40-year career encapsulates the contestations inherent in feminist and socially engaged practices. In her work and life, Wilson has explored how identity and positioning are not just self-defined or projected but also negotiated. The complex nature of her work encompasses her activities as an artist, creating conceptually based performances, videos, and photo-text compositions since the early 1970s. In 1976, she founded Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that champions the exploration, promotion, and preservation of artist books, temporary installation, performance art, and online works. A major retrospective, Martha Wilson: Staging the Self/30 Projects from 30 Years of Franklin Furnace Archive, has recently traveled throughout North America.
In conversation with the Phillips's Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Vesela Sretenović.