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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:
Rosler, Martha
Date created:
Date acquired:
MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council long-term
Object type:
Audiovisual recording
Single-channel video, b/w, sound, 44 min
MACBA Collection. Barcelona City Council long-term loan
© Martha Rosler
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