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Optimism/Pessimism: Constructing a Life, 1981

In this video, Martha Rosler examines the feminist movement’s attempts to renegotiate historically basic rights. Reading a text in the first person, the artist enumerates the different domestic, sexual and gender negotiations established by heterosexual couples in the face of internal and external pressures.

Technical details

Original title:
Optimism/Pessimism: Constructing a Life
Registration number:
3233
Artist:
Rosler, Martha
Date created:
1981
Date acquired:
2008
Fonds:
MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council long-term
Object type:
Media
Media:
Single-channel video, b/w, sound, 44 min
Credits:
MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council long-term loan
Copyright:
© Martha Rosler
It has accessibility resources:
No

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To reconstruct the disorder of a possible city. To use the model, not as an element in a project, but as the representation of something that already exists.
Jordi Colomer