Bio

In 2017, Martha Atienza (b. 1981, Manila, Philippines; lives and works in Bantayan Island, Philippines) won the Baloise Art Prize in Art Basel for her seminal work Our Islands. Since 2017, her work has been shown and collected worldwide. Prior to this, she was twice awarded the Ateneo Art Awards in Manila (2012/2016) and the prestigious Cultural Center of the Philippines Thirteen Artist Award (2015). Recent biennales and triennials include the 17th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (2022), Bangkok Art Biennale: Escape Routes, BACC, Bangkok (2020), Honolulu Biennial: To Make Wrong / Right / Now, Oahu, Hawaii (2019); and the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, QAGOMA, Brisbane (2018). Recent group exhibitions include An Ocean in Every Drop at the Jameel Arts Center, Dubai (2022), Breaking Water at Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (2022), and Animal Kingdom at Âme Nue Artspace, Hamburg (2021). Her solo exhibition The Protectors inaugurated Silverlens New York in 2022.

Atienza was born to a Dutch mother and Filipino father and has moved between these two cultures throughout her life. Constantly oscillating between them has
had a profound influence on her focus as an artist. Atienza’s practice explores installation and video as a way of documenting and questioning issues around the environment, community, and development. Her work is mostly constructed in video, of an almost sociological nature, studying her direct environment in the Philippines.

In 2017, Martha Atienza (b. 1981, Manila, Philippines; lives and works in Bantayan Island, Philippines) won the Baloise Art Prize in Art Basel for her seminal work Our Islands. Since 2017, her work has been shown and collected worldwide. Prior to this, she was twice awarded the Ateneo Art Awards in Manila (2012/2016) and the prestigious Cultural Center of the Philippines Thirteen Artist Award (2015). Recent biennales and triennials include the 17th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (2022), Bangkok Art Biennale: Escape Routes, BACC, Bangkok (2020), Honolulu Biennial: To Make Wrong / Right / Now, Oahu, Hawaii (2019); and the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, QAGOMA, Brisbane (2018). Recent group exhibitions include An Ocean in Every Drop at the Jameel Arts Center, Dubai (2022), Breaking Water at Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (2022), and Animal Kingdom at Âme Nue Artspace, Hamburg (2021). Her solo exhibition The Protectors inaugurated Silverlens New York in 2022.

Atienza was born to a Dutch mother and Filipino father and has moved between these two cultures throughout her life. Constantly oscillating between them has
had a profound influence on her focus as an artist. Atienza’s practice explores installation and video as a way of documenting and questioning issues around the environment, community, and development. Her work is mostly constructed in video, of an almost sociological nature, studying her direct environment in the Philippines.

Gilubong Ang Akong Pusod Sa Dagat (My Navel is Buried in the Sea)
2011
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Anito 1
2011-2015
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Endless Hours at Sea
2016
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video projection, sound and light installation, water, stainless steel, aluminum, mechanics, LED light, air compression, single-channel video documentation
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From the 2016 Singapore Biennale: An Atlas of Mirrors
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Study In Reality No.3
2015
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3 plants with servo motors and audio track
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Atlantic 58°43'21.3"N 31°17'20.6"W
2016
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Our Islands 11°16'58.4 N 123°45'07.0 E
2017
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Equation of State II (Rhizophora stylosa)
2019
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24 mangroves, water, steel, seabul, plywood, nylon, rope, pulleys, filter, pump, arduinos, trapal, transformers, relays, car wipers, wood, pvc, zinc, led lights, wiring, cement
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Panangatan 11°09'53.3"N 123°42'40.5"E 2019-10-24 Thu 6:42 AM PST 1.29 meters High Tide 2019-10-12 Sat 10:26 AM PST 1.40 meters High Tide
2019
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Tarong 11°16’12.0”N 123°45’23.4”E 2019-08-06 Tue 2:27 PM PST 1.50 meters High Tide
2019
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Selected Exhibitions

Selected Press

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