Dumb World


Martine Syms uses video, installation, and performance to examine representations of Blackness and its relationship to vernacular, feminist thought, and radical traditions.

Artist Bio

Martine Syms’s feature-length film, entitled Dumb World, explores how athleticism, race, and fame congeal around the violent ideologies embedded within the objects of technology with which we are most intimately connected.


Award Year
2021
Status

In Progress

A black woman with short hair stands with her hands folded on one hip and looks at the camera.

Martine Syms

Los Angeles, CA

Martine Syms has earned wide recognition for a practice that combines conceptual grit, humor, and social commentary. Using a combination of video, installation, and performance, often interwoven with explorations into technique and narrative, Syms examines representations of Blackness and its relationship to vernacular, feminist thought, and radical traditions. Syms’s research-based practice frequently references and incorporates theoretical models concerning performed or imposed identities, the power of the gesture, and embedded assumptions concerning gender and racial inequalities.

Photo: Rocket Caleshu