Martha Atienza

Bio

Born to a Dutch mother and Filipino father, Martha Atienza (b. 1981, Manila, Philippines; lives and works in Bantayan Island, Philippines) has moved between the Netherlands and the Philippines throughout her life. Constantly oscillating between these two cultures has had a profound influence on Atienza’s focus as an artist.

Atienza’s practice explores installation and video as a way of documenting and questioning issues around environment, community and development. Her work is mostly constructed in video, of an almost sociological nature, that studies her direct environment. Often utilizing technology in the form of mechanical systems, Atienza explores the immersive capacity of installation in generating critical discourse. Her work tends to be collaborative in nature, working with people from different backgrounds and expertise as well as residents of Bantayan Island, where her family is from, whose narratives are intricately woven into issues such as environmental change, displacement, cultural loss, governance and socio- economic disparities.

Since graduating with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Academy of Visual Arts and Design in the Netherlands, Atienza has exhibited internationally at various art spaces, galleries, and video festivals. In 2017, Atienza won the Baloise Art Prize in Art Basel (Switzerland) for her work, Our Islands 11°16’58.4_N 123°45’07.0_E. In 2016, she was one of the five shortlisted artists for the Benesse Art Prize (Japan) in the Singapore Biennale. In 2015, Atienza was awarded the Thirteen Artists Awards by the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Martha Atienza has also had residencies all over the world: in 2005, she was a part of Kuvataideakatemia’s art program in Finland. In 2016 and 2012, she won the prestigious Ateneo Art Award with studio residency grants in Liverpool, Melbourne, New York and Singapore. In 2016, she was the recipient of the first Mercedes Zobel/Outset Residency at Gasworks in London. In 2018, Atienza was a part of the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art’s residency program in Singapore.

Recent exhibitions include Equation of State, solo exhibition, Silverlens, Manila (2019) ; Honolulu Biennial: To Make Wrong / Right / Now, Honolulu, Hawaii (2019); 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, QAGOMA, Brisbane (2018); Taipei Biennale: Post-Nature – A Museum as an Ecosystem, Taipei Fine Arts Museum (2018); Bienal de Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2018);  Fair Isles, solo exhibition, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Center for Contemporary Art, Germany (2018); No Man’s Land, MUDAM, Luxembourg (2018); 2018 Asia Project: How Little You Know About Me, MMCA, Korea (2018)

Born to a Dutch mother and Filipino father, Martha Atienza (b. 1981, Manila, Philippines; lives and works in Bantayan Island, Philippines) has moved between the Netherlands and the Philippines throughout her life. Constantly oscillating between these two cultures has had a profound influence on Atienza’s focus as an artist.

Atienza’s practice explores installation and video as a way of documenting and questioning issues around environment, community and development. Her work is mostly constructed in video, of an almost sociological nature, that studies her direct environment. Often utilizing technology in the form of mechanical systems, Atienza explores the immersive capacity of installation in generating critical discourse. Her work tends to be collaborative in nature, working with people from different backgrounds and expertise as well as residents of Bantayan Island, where her family is from, whose narratives are intricately woven into issues such as environmental change, displacement, cultural loss, governance and socio- economic disparities.

Since graduating with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Academy of Visual Arts and Design in the Netherlands, Atienza has exhibited internationally at various art spaces, galleries, and video festivals. In 2017, Atienza won the Baloise Art Prize in Art Basel (Switzerland) for her work, Our Islands 11°16’58.4_N 123°45’07.0_E. In 2016, she was one of the five shortlisted artists for the Benesse Art Prize (Japan) in the Singapore Biennale. In 2015, Atienza was awarded the Thirteen Artists Awards by the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Martha Atienza has also had residencies all over the world: in 2005, she was a part of Kuvataideakatemia’s art program in Finland. In 2016 and 2012, she won the prestigious Ateneo Art Award with studio residency grants in Liverpool, Melbourne, New York and Singapore. In 2016, she was the recipient of the first Mercedes Zobel/Outset Residency at Gasworks in London. In 2018, Atienza was a part of the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art’s residency program in Singapore.

Recent exhibitions include Equation of State, solo exhibition, Silverlens, Manila (2019) ; Honolulu Biennial: To Make Wrong / Right / Now, Honolulu, Hawaii (2019); 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, QAGOMA, Brisbane (2018); Taipei Biennale: Post-Nature – A Museum as an Ecosystem, Taipei Fine Arts Museum (2018); Bienal de Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2018);  Fair Isles, solo exhibition, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Center for Contemporary Art, Germany (2018); No Man’s Land, MUDAM, Luxembourg (2018); 2018 Asia Project: How Little You Know About Me, MMCA, Korea (2018)

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

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