the dream commission

Martine Syms

ARTIST profile

Multimedia artist Martine Syms focuses on social commentary, seeking depth and complexity within moving-image.

Martine Syms (b. 1988, Los Angeles (CA)) obtained a MFA from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson (NY) (2017) and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (IL) (2007). Syms has earned wide recognition for a practice that combines conceptual grit, humour 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.

Dream Commission Artist Profile shot - Martine Syms

ARTIST's exhibitions

Martine Syms’s recent solo exhibitions include Boon, Secession, Vienna, 2019; Shame Space, Institute of Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA, 2019; Incense Sweaters & Ice, Graham Foundation, Chicago, 2019; and Projects 106: Martine Syms, MoMA Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2017.

interview with the artist

Artist's Earlier Works

meet other artists

Dream commission artist profiles backplate orange and black geometric

Receive Muse Updates

Rolls-Royce Muse Request Updates background orange and black geometric shapes

Continue your journey

Delve further into stories of Inspiring Greatness.

Discover new pioneering commissions from today’s most exciting contemporary artists and creatives.

Pioneering Commissions

Discover new pioneering commissions from today’s most exciting contemporary artists and creatives.

The Dream Commission celebrates moving-image works created by emerging and mid-career artists worldwide.

The Dream Commission

The Dream Commission celebrates moving-image works created by emerging and mid-career artists worldwide.

The Dream Commission, Muse’s flagship initiative, strives to support this spirit of innovation at a time when it has never been more vital.

The Dream Commission - Shortlist

The Dream Commission, Muse’s flagship initiative, strives to support this spirit of innovation at a time when it has never been more vital.