Martine Syms is an American artist who uses video and performance to examine representations of blackness. Her artwork has been exhibited and screened extensively, including presentations at the Museum of Modern Art, the Hammer Museum, ICA London, New Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, among other institutions. She has lectured at Yale University, SXSW, California Institute of the Arts, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University, and MoMA PS1, among other venues. She is the author of Implications and Distinctions: Format, Content and Context in Contemporary Race Film (2011). She is a faculty member in the School of Art at the California Institute of the Arts. Syms was the recipient of the Future Fields Commission in Time-Based Media in 2018.