Daria Martin

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Daria Martin (born 1973) is a contemporary American artist and filmmaker based in London and San Francisco since 2002. Working primarily in 16mm film,[1] her work has been exhibited in twenty four solo shows in public galleries including at the Barbican,[2] the Hammer Museum, The New Museum,[3] the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Stedelijk Museum and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.[4] Martin's films address the space between disparate states of being – levels of consciousness, internal and social worlds; subject and object – working to unravel viewer's learned habits of perception.[5] Martin's films also often explore the differences and similarities between other artistic mediums including painting, performance, dance, and sculpture.[6] Some subjects Martin's work touches on include dreams, feminism, inherited trauma, artificial intelligence, and mirror-touch synesthesia.


Daria Martin was born in San Francisco, CA. Martin earned a BA in Humanities from Yale University (1995), and an MFA in Art from UCLA (2000). She is represented by Maureen Paley, London. Martin's artistic journey began with abstract paintings, which she describes as "formal and strict." She was drawn to film as she found it gave her the freedom to explore time, space and narrative. Martin's films also often explore the differences and similarities between artistic mediums including painting, performance, dance, and sculpture. Martin's first films drew inspiration from a range of early twentieth-century artists and choreographers such as Oskar Schlemmer, Varvara Stepanova, Alexander Rodchenko. Her films are created organically, often taking on a collaborative process between the selected actors, choreographers and musicians she chooses to work with.


  • In the Palace (2000)
  • Birds (2001)
  • Closeup Gallery (2003)
  • Soft Materials (2004)
  • Loneliness and the Modern Pentathlon (2004-2005)
  • Wintergarden (2005)
  • Harpstrings and Lava (2007)
  • Minotaur (2008)
  • One of the Things that Makes Me Doubt (2010-2011)
  • Sensorium Tests (2012)
  • At the Threshold (2014-15)
  • Theatre of the Tender (2016)
  • A Hunger Artist (2017)
  • Tonight the World (2019)[7]


Martin's work is in the collections of the Tate, London, the New Museum, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Arts Council England, London, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, and Ringier, Zurich. [8]

Awards and residencies[edit]

  • 2018 - Winner of the 2018 Jarman Award[9]
  • 2016 - Welcome Trust Arts Award, London Arts Council Grant for The Arts Oxford
  • 2014 - AHRC Mid Career Fellowship London
  • 2012 - Leverhulme Network Award, The Leverhulme Trust, London.
  • 2010 - Wellcome Trust Arts Award, London.
  • 2009 - Philip Leverhulme Prize, The Leverhume Trust, London.
  • 2008 - Wellcome Trust Arts Award, London.
  • 2008 - Artist in residence, Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco.
  • 2007 - Artist in residence, The Watermill Center, New York.
  • 2002 - Artist in residence, Delfina Studios Trust, London.
  • 1999 - Artist in residence, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris


  1. ^ Skye Sherwin (15 March 2012), "Artist of the week 181: Daria Martin", The Guardian
  2. ^ "Daria Martin: Tonight the World". barbican.org.uk. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Exhibition: "New Commissions Daria Martin: Minotaur"", archive.newmuseum.org, New Museum, January 28 – March 22, 2009
  4. ^ "Daria Martin: One of The Things That Makes Me Doubt", accaonline.org.au, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 25 May – 28 July 2013
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-04. Retrieved 2014-02-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Stephanie Bunbury (May 30, 2012), "Connecting dreams and consciousness", The Age
  7. ^ "IMDB: Daria Martin". imdb.com. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Daria Martin biography". maureenpaley.com. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Jarman Award 2018". flamin.filmlondon.org.uk. Retrieved 20 April 2020.

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