In April 2008 Liverpool hosted the first UK exhibition of the acclaimed Martha Rosler Library, organised in collaboration with e-flux by Liverpool John Moores University’s Site Gallery and Liverpool Biennial.
Established in 2005, The Martha Rosler Library is a unique collection of around 7,700 books first opened as a storefront reading room for the New York-based arts project e-flux. The Library’s titles range from political theory, art history and poetry to science fiction, mystery and children's books; there are also periodicals, dictionaries, maps and travel books, as well as photo albums, posters, postcards and newspaper clippings. The contents are both a source of inspiration for Rosler’s work and an installation in their own right.
The Martha Rosler Library project included a series of informal public conversations, lectures and discussions which started in New York and continued at all its venues. Following the opening of the Library in Liverpool Martha Rosler and Anton Vidokle took part in a Public Discussion, with further conversations taking place with Simon Sheikh Shepherd Steiner and Maria Hlavajova.