Alex Martinis Roe

22 October 2021 - 9 January 2022

In her solo presentation at PICA, Alex Martinis Roe sets out to explore feminist, lesbian and queer kinship structures via a non-linear genealogy of the artist’s own kin (and their kin). Martinis Roe’s project traverses queer and feminist histories to situate these connections as a rhizomatic genealogy of political family, a network troubling the binary of biological and non-biological kin. Presenting a new video and installation, Martinis Roe’s project functions as a history of the complex relationship between women’s and gay liberation in Australia, while exploring the lived reality of its legacy in the present.

Martinis Roe’s research-driven practice is fundamentally concerned with relations between people. Through various methods including participant observation, oral history, workshops, and archival research, recent projects have explored intergenerational genealogies of feminist collective politics and networks in Australia and Europe where, from 2009 until 2017, she lived and worked in Berlin.


    Artist and researcher Alex Martinis Roe explores feminist genealogies and seeks to foster specific and productive relationships between different generations as a way of participating in the construction of feminist histories and futures. This involves developing research and storytelling methodologies that employ non-linear understandings of time, respond to the specific practices of different communities, experiment with the set-up of discursive encounters and imagine how these entanglements can inform new political practices.

    Alex is a former fellow (2013-2016) of the Graduate School, University of the Arts Berlin and holds a PhD (2011) from Monash University, Melbourne. She is Head of Drawing and Printmaking at the Victorian College of the Arts and was the 2018 recipient of the Kunstpreis Europas Zukunft [Future of Europe Art Prize].

    Recent exhibitions include: Alliances, GfZK – Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig (solo, 2018) and Fabriques de contre-savoirs, Frac Lorraine, Metz (2018). Her recently completed project To Become Two (2014-2018) —a series of films, workshops, public events and a monograph To Become Two: Propositions for Feminist Collective Practice (Berlin and Milan: Archive Books, 2018)— is a social history of the feminist practices that invented the affirmative concept of “sexual difference.” This project was co-commissioned as a series of solo exhibitions by If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution (Amsterdam), Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory (Utrecht), The Showroom (London) and ar/ge kunst (Bolzano), and has also been exhibited at Badischer Kunstverein (Karlsruhe). In 2018 To Become Two was presented at the Centre George Pompidou, Paris, as part of Mai 68 – Assemblée Générale.


    Friday 22 October 2021 – Sunday 9 January 2022


    First Floor Galleries and PICA Screen Space


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