Q&A with Martine Gutierrez
Martine Gutierrez is a New York based artist, performer, writer and musician who constructs elaborate narrative scenes to subvert pop cultural tropes in the exploration of identity, both personal and collective intersectional to race, gender, class, indigeneity and culture.
Everything’s an illusion, just a convincing point of perspective. I rarely give away my edges, but each new body of work is a chance to reveal a little more.
changed over time?
I always plan on being chaotic, so I’ll start by making a costume or picking a location, but will often show up uninvited or force a venue’s orientation to change.
Permission, especially in public spaces, is something I never ask for.
I am burdened with a deep nostalgia for the time I grew up in. For a while I refused to participate in culture, only listening to old music, watching old movies, collecting old magazines––I don’t know if things were better or if everything got worse.
Indigenous Woman Magazine. It has propelled me onto the world stage in a way I never could have imagined.
We have never lived in such a self-referential metaverse, as we do now––where content is constantly recontextualized and reposted.
I can print an installation image from The Modern, Fort Worth, and simultaneously exhibit it in a show at Huis Marseille, in Amsterdam.
Technology is changing what it means to share and what it means to be human. The ancestral lines and divides for those of us whose heritage has been erased by genocide can be reinvented. Tradition can be a customizable practice.
I’m never not working. I live art, it’s how I survive this world.