Martha Rosler

Jay Gorney Modern Art

In her recent exhibition, “Transitions and Digressions,” Martha Rosler embarked on a critical analysis of the links between ideology, economics, and politics. This show included color photographs of shop windows, a series of “road” photos taken with a toy panoramic camera, and a video, Chile on the Road to NAFTA, Accompanied by the National Police Band, 1997, which tracks, through a taxi’s window, the colonization of the Chilean landscape by the images of global capital.

The “road” photographs, all taken in New York and New Jersey, belong to a series entitled “Rights of Passage,” 1994–96, taken through the scratched windshield of Rosler’s car. Half these photographs feature vehicles transporting goods in and out of the city. Perhaps the most striking is Turnpike, NJ, 1995. Here the vanishing point of the highway is formally balanced on the right by a huge scissorlike carrier transporting

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