Maria Agureeva was born in 1985. Graduated from the St. Petersburg State University of Technology and Design (Department of Graphic Design, 2003 - 2009). Lives and works at Moscow. Since 2007 Maria is a member of the Union of Artists IFA. Artist works with installations, objects, videos, performances and photography where she examines the embodiment and interactions with the social environment. A recent solo exhibitions include: "Binary promises", Pechersky Gallery (Moscow, 2015); "Those females that spoil us infinite», Pechersky Gallery (Moscow, 2013); «Citius, altius, fortius! Commodification», together with CTI Factory GridchinHall (Moscow, 2012). She is a participant of IX international film festival Andrey Tarkovsky "The Mirror", Ivanovo (2015) and a nominee of Kandinsky Prize (2013)

 

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

 

My job as an artist is to show how the body becomes a hybrid space where materiality of flesh is connected with an individual consciousness and identity. It is driven by the desire to change ourselves to escape social pressure, but also by the desire to find our true shape and genuine content. 

In my works I focus on the tension between what is considered normal and subjective in relation to the human body: I look into how we model ourselves in the world of clichéd attractiveness, which pushes us to polish our own image just as people polish billions of images on the Internet. I am interested in exploration of the boundaries behind which the body becomes an object like any other.

There is a conflict between natural traits of our appearance and artificial standards. In my works personal and individual inevitably face standardized and imposed.

I usually work with synthetic materials, despite the fact my main theme is physicality, but to me it is a mean to stress the point that body transformation is a kind of self design which has become a modern form of religion.