Martha Atienza

Born to a Dutch mother and a Filipino father, Martha Atienza has moved between the Philippines and the Netherlands throughout her life and her mixed background is reflected in her video work. Somewhere between imagination and understanding, her work is a sociological study of her environment. Athienza is interested in investigating the potential of contemporary art as a tool for instituting social change. With Rodel Tapaya, she was among the finalists for the 2013/2014 Sovereign Asian Art Prize, where she presented her work endless hours at sea. The video installation pays homage to the history of ocean voyages, inspired by her father’s past as a sea captain. With a moving video of the sea refracted through a glass of water and accompanied by the sound of the ocean, this work captures the illusion of moving waters and suggests a sense of hallucination brought on by the isolation of a life at sea.

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