The New Museum will present a survey exhibition of recent work by New York-based artist Mika Rottenberg (b. 1976 in Buenos Aires, Argentina), marking her first solo museum show in the United States and premiering a new film made specifically for the exhibition, Easypieces (2019).
Employing absurdist satire while addressing pressing issues of our times, Mika Rottenberg’s fantastical videos and installations create surreal allegories for contemporary life. Rottenberg’s works weave together documentary elements and fiction, and often feature women protagonists with unconventional physical forms who work within bizarre factory-like settings to manufacture goods. Rottenberg’s latest film, Easypieces (2019) will expand on her exploration of labor, technology, distance, and matter in relationship to the seemingly immaterial. Through locations and subjects as diverse as a potato farm in Maine, Tuvan throat singers in Siberia, a bitcoin mine in Iceland, and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, the work will explore the idea of humans as composed of and as manipulators of matter, revealing the interconnectedness between the mechanical and the corporeal.