Still: Mika Rottenberg, Squeeze, 2010 (work in progress); courtesy of Mary Boone Gallery/Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery; photo: Henry Prince
Mika Rottenberg's immersive video installations address issues of gender and labor through outrageous narratives centered around real women (not actors or models) and their bodies. With her New Work project entitled Squeeze, Rottenberg collapses the humorous and the unsettling to examine global production. Splicing together documentary footage from a rubber plant in India and a lettuce farm in Arizona with her own narrative of women in an absurdist makeup factory, Rottenberg's surreal video homes in on the social realities of women's labor.
The New Work series is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and is generously supported by Collectors Forum, the founding patron of the series. Major funding is also provided by Martha and Bruce Atwater, the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, and Robin Wright and Ian Reeves.