Maria Agureeva is a young contemporary artist. She was born in 1985, and studied in the St. Peterburg State University of Technology and Design, the Graphic Design Department, and in the Contemporary Art Challenges Institute.
She works with installation, sculpture, objects, video, and performance.
Kandinzky Prize nominee in 2013 and Laguna Art Price winner (special price) in 2018, Maria lives in Moscow, and that is where she works, too.
Despite her young age, Maria has many personal exhibitions to her name. In 2015, her personal exhibition “Binary Promises” was presented during the Parallel program of the 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, and in 2013, her solo project ‘Those Females That Spoil Our Infinite’ was presented during the Parallel Program of the 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. In 2014, Maria Agureeva’s exhibition “Gardens of Compromises” was presented in the Erarta Museum, St. Petersburg.
The works of the artist have many times been presented during the group exhibitions – both in Russia and abroad. In particular, during the Parallel program of the International Youth Biennale of Contemparary Art 2016 there were “Unocial Language”, “Nominibus Trivialibus, Sinonimis Selectis” and “All Eyes On Me”, but there also were another projects in Moscow, New York and London.
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 dierences 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.
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 & RESIDENCES
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
2015 “The Mirror”, International film festival Andrey Tarkovsky, Ivanovo
2015 “Forma”, Contemporary art festival, Moscow
2015 “Can, Contemporary art festival, Krasnodar