Working with video, sound and installation, Martha Atienza explores her direct environment from a sociological perspective, transforming her observations into fiction and investigating the use of art as a tool for social change. Since 2010 she has been working on two projects: Para sa Aton and My Navel is Buried at Sea, in her hometown of Madridejos on Bantayan Island, the Philippines. This fishing community faces a number of environmental, social and economic pressures due to global warming, migration and poverty. Working together with her family and the local community, these projects aim to identify the needs of the island and its peoples and work toward solutions to the issues they face.
During her residency at Gasworks, Atienza will continue to develop these projects and share her experiences of life in Madridejos with an international audience. She will merge new technology, sound and imagery with ethnographic work using London as a new context for her investigations.
Martha Atienza lives and works in the Philippines and the Netherlands. Recent exhibitions include Study in Reality no. 3, Silverlens Gallery, Makati (2015) and Endless Hours at Sea, Ateneo Gallery, Quezon City (2014). She was awarded the Thirteen Artists Award by the Cultural Centre of the Philippines (2015) and was nominated for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Hong Kong (2014). Martha was a resident artist at Artesan Gallery Studio, Singapore (2014) and at the Omi International Arts Centre, New York (2013).
Martha Atienza’s residency is supported by Mercedes Zobel in partnership with Outset. She is hosted in the Outset Residency Studio.