Maria Agureeva

Maria Agureeva

Maria Agureeva

Maria Agureeva (b. 1985) works with installation, sculpture, objects, video, and performance. She has graduated from the St. Peterburg State University of Technology and Design (graphic design department) and the Contemporary Art Challenges Institute.

In her artistic practice Maria studies space of a body as an object, which unites body corporality and mind uniqueness. Her art is focused on studying the tension between normality and subjectivity, investigating the attractiveness criteria and the necessity of making a perfect image. Maria takes interest in the border that if overcame by a physical body, makes it undistinguishable from the others. She believes this is where the conflict between natural appearance differences and artificial beauty standards reveals. Bringing into contact naturality and the imposed need for conventional beauty, Maria chooses a synthetic material that emphasizes the opportunities of the essential body transformation and redesign as some contemporary cult. 

Solo exhibitions

2019 "Dust", Coaxial Arts Foundation, Los Angeles
2018 "It will always be not enough", Isabelle Lesmeister gallery, Regensburg
2018 "The dust of Pearl will settle down on soft skin covering all the cracks", Atrium gallery, 18th Street Arts Center, Los Angeles
2018 "It’s possible to imagine what will remain after", Anna Nova Gallery, St. Petersburg
2018 "Dust", Gallery Electrozavod, Moscow
2015 "Binary promises", Parallel program of the 6-th Moscow biennale of contemporary art, Pechersky Gallery, Moscow
2014 "Gardens of compromises", Museum Erarta, Saint-Petersburg
2013 "Those Females Who Can Wreck the Infinite", Parallel program of the 5-th Moscow biennale of contemporary art, Pechersky Gallery, Moscow
2012 "Citius, altius, fortius! Commodification", Project Fabrika together with GridchinHall, Moscow
2012 "Excavations. Ground 0", GridchinHall, Moscow
2011 "Formotsvet" (Form and Color) series, GridchinHall, Moscow
2011 "Formotsvet" (Form and Color) series, Kadie Gallery, Helsinki
2009 "Formotsvet" (Form and Color) series, AL Gallery, Saint-Petersburg 

Selected group exhibitions

2017 "Just cause, Black Ball Projects", New York
2016 "Unocial laguage", WINZAVOD Contemporary Art Center, Parallel program of the V Moscow International Biennale For Young Art, Moscow
2016 "All eyes on me", WINZAVOD Contemporary Art Center, Moscow
2016 "Nominibus Trivialibus", Sinonimis Selectis, Moscow State University's Botanic Garden. Parallel program of the V Moscow International Biennale For Young Art. Moscow
2015 "Mirrors", MMOMA, Moscow
2015 "One within the other. Art of new and old media in the age of high-speed internet", MMOMA, Moscow
2015 "Developing of freedom", Project Fabrika, Moscow
2013 "I would have not been painting now", Parallel program of the 5-th Moscow biennale of contemporary art, Agency Art.Ru, Moscow
2013 "State order", WINZAVOD Contemporary Art Center, Moscow
2012 Project Cena (Price), Parallel program of the III Moscow International Biennale For Young Art, Agency Art.Ru, Moscow
2011 "Art in Mind", The Brick Lane Gallery, London 

Awards & Residencies

2019 Winner of RuinArt Patronat grant
2018 Winner of the Laguna Art Prize (special prize)
2018 "18th Line", Los Angeles
2017 "Residence Unlimited", New York
2013 Nominee of the Kandinsky Prize

Festivals

2015 "The Mirror", International film festival Andrey Tarkovsky, Ivanovo
2015 "Forma", Contemporary art festival, Moscow
2015 "Can", Contemporary art festival, Krasnodar