Born in 1988, Martine Syms is an American artist based in Los Angeles who works in publishing, video, installation, and performance. In 2007, Syms coined the term “conceptual entrepreneur” to characterize her practice.
Martine Syms examines the representations of blackness. Syms’ artwork has been exhibited and screened extensively, including presentations at the Museum of Modern Art, Hammer Museum, ICA London, New Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and The Studio Museum in Harlem, among other institutions.
She has lectured at Yale University, SXSW, California Institute of the Arts, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University, and MoMA PS1, among other venues.
From 2007-2011 she was the co-director of the Chicago artist-run project space Golden Age, and she currently runs Dominica Publishing, an imprint dedicated to exploring blackness in visual culture. She is the author of Implications and Distinctions: Format, Content and Context in Contemporary Race Film (2011). Syms is a faculty member in the School of Art at the California Institute of the Arts.