• Martha Rosler, Prototype (God Bless America), 2006 (video still). Video, single-channel, colour, sound. Duration:   3’ 52’’. MACBA Collection. Ajuntament de Barcelona. © Courtesy of Martha Rosler, 2020

Actions from the sidelines:
feminism and civil disobedience

Conferences on the work of Martha Rosler

Date: July 9, 2020
Schedule: 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm
Location: Aljub
Free activity (sold out)

Es Baluard Museu organizes this thought conference on the work of Martha Rosler on the occasion of the exhibition “How We Got There From Here?“, on view until August 30, 2020. The main issues will be the political commitment and feminist perspective inherent in the artist’s own work: for almost fifty years, her works have examined with a critical eye the mechanisms of contemporary culture.

The session will begin with a lecture by Professor Joaquim Valdivielso on civil disobedience and will continue with a talk by Meritxell Esquirol on Martha Rosler and feminist politics. Finally, we will close the day with the dialogue, via video conference between Martha Rosler and Jesús Carrillo.


– 5.00 pm. Lecture “The idea of civil disobedience: when resisting law is justice” by Joaquim Valdivielso

–  6.00 pm. Lecture “Martha Rosler and feminist policies: how to survive relativism” by Meritxell Esquirol

– 7.00 pm. Dialogue between Martha Rosler and Jesús Carrillo (video conference)


Joaquim Valdivielso Navarro

Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Social Work of the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB). He holds a PhD in Philosophy from the UIB (2001), where he joined as a lecturer and researcher in 1997. His profile revolves around Contemporary Moral and Political Philosophy, specifically in Critical Theories of Society and environmental ethics and politics.

He has participated in research projects since 1997, especially as a member of the Research Group in Practical Philosophy (formerly Politics, Work and Sustainability) of the UIB.

He has been a guest researcher, among others, at the New School for Social Research at New School University in New York and The Schools for Politics, International Relations and the Environment at Keele University, United Kingdom.

Meritxell Esquirol Salom

Researcher and cultural analyst. In 2015, she obtained her doctorate with the thesis “Femininity, Neoliberalism and Popular Culture: The Depoliticization of Feminism”. She is a visiting professor of Sociology of Communication at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), and is a member of the research group “Representation, ideology and reception in audiovisual culture” (RIRCA) of the UIB.

She has coordinated the project “Women’s Voices”, promoted by the Insular Council of Equality (2011), in which through an island-wide participatory process she raised the voices of the women of Mallorca in the institutional space that belongs to them.

Martha Rosler

Artist, art critic, theorist and professor of Fine Arts. She uses media ​​such as video, photography, photomontage, sculpture, installation and performance. Rosler’s work is centered on the role of women in society, as represented in the media and advertising, as well as the relationship between private life and the public sphere.

Rosler interrogates the world we live in from a feminist and critical perspective. Her political commitment has led her to deal with the conflicts and problems that take place not only in her country but also internationally, in places such as Cuba, Mexico, the former Yugoslavia, or nearer ones to us, such as Barcelona.

Jesús Carrillo Castillo

Degree in Art History from the University of Murcia, master’s degree in Historical Studies from the Warburg Institute at the University of London and aPhD in History from the University of Cambridge (King’s College).

He has been a guest researcher at the Huntington Library in Los Angeles, Brown University in Rhode Island and the Superior Council for Scientific Research in Madrid. Since 1997 he is a professor in the Department of History and Theory of Art at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), receiving tenue in 2007. From July 2008 to December 2014, he headed the department of Cultural Programs at Museo Reina Sofía.

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9th July 2020 → 9th July 2020