MO MARIA SARKIS : www.momaria.com
Mo Maria started her journey as an artist in 2004, initially using painting as her medium. She continued work on painting in various exhibitions in Lebanon. After a few years, she took up different artistic residencies in France and Turkey that prompted her to use mediums other than painting. During her time in these countries, Mo Maria began to investigate the power of languages and dialogue as well as the concept of immortality. Her last residency in Paris in 2010 allowed her to explore the codependency of humans and machines during a rush hour at the Paris Metro (Recording Movement1). In 2011, she returned to Lebanon to later took part in a 2013-2014 program in which Ashkal-Alwan hosted foreign artists for their residency. Now her practice has evolved to using a multi-media approach involving installations, video, and photography. Mo Maria currently inquires into the extension of linguistics that has moved beyond humans to the communication used by various forms of machinery.
Mo Maria hopes to continue to explore the language of machinery and its place in the modern world. She wants to question the political and aesthetic divide of public and private places.
Mo Maria’s current work is an evolution of how her work on surrealist paintings were later influenced by the Dada movement to became spatial public installations that address the place and identity of humans and machinery in the modern world. Her current work, which reflects on writing from the French anthropologist Michel Foucault about public spaces, questions the role of machines, remote settlements, and linguistics.
Mo Maria encourages the collaboration between fields such as Art and Architecture, Art and science, Art and new technologies …
Artist Contemporary from Lebanon , 2013-2014 attended a post-graduate art program with Ashkal-Alwan The HWP 2013-14, which is the third edition of Home Workspace Program, is led by resident professors Jalal Toufic and Anton Vidokle under the title ‘Creating and Dispersing Universes that Work without Working’ see more on the program here. At First Trained in Interior Architecture , Then in Plastic Arts (University Diploma).
Art events and exhibitions ( selection ) :
-2018 June ” View Of Paved Land” Experimental Poem by MO MARIA Published in English and Arabic – Twined with a text by Artist Phyllida Barlow, “in conversation with Vincent Fecteau in Bomb Magazine”, thanks to art collective “Nile Sunset Annex / ملحق غروب على النيل (NSA)”,
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-2017-2018 working on new serie of paintings “UNKNOWN TERRITORIES – SENSE OF SELF” ongoing!
-2016 , 7-8-9 October “Lets Play Hopstcoch” Interactive Art Installation + 3rd Projection of “Complex,Fluxes2”
took part in a 3 days Art Festival, organized by Art Collective Haven For Artists, Baissour, Lebanon,
-2016 , 5June-4July 2016 : Solo Exhibition of photography entitled “Faces,Places”,Bardo restaurant, Beirut , Lebanon ,
-2015 , 22-25 October , Collective exhibition at ISTANBUL COFFEE FESTIVAL art exhibition , first projection of ‘COMPLEX , FLUXES2’ , ISTANBUL , TURKEY ,
-2015 , 17April till 17 May : Collective Exhibition I:O Art Residence Bahcecik , at VEHBI KOC FORD OTOSAN CULTURAL CENTER , Turkey ,
-2015 April : Artist in Residence at I: O Art Residence , Bahcecik , Turkey ,
-2014 June :Collective Exhibition ‘ Museum Of Immortality ‘ Ashkal Alwan , Beirut , Lebanon ,
-2014 “View Of Paved Land” Trilingual Poetry work in progress, Excerpt published in MAKHZIN N01 New Literary Magazine by 98 Editions A Small Beirut Press ,
April 2014 : Makhzin N01
-2013 Participated in HomeBase Project , Berlin , Germany ,
-2012 “View Of Paved Land” Participates in the magazine ”Inchiostro e Pietra” , “Inchiostro e Pietra” participated in the self_publishing exhibition “Fruit” from 20 to 24 March 2012 in Bologna , Italy ,
See : Pages 11, 36 , 37 : http://issuu.com/arnelsx/docs/ink9c/39
-2010 artist in residence at LA GENERALE EN MANUFACTURE, Pont de Sevres , France ,
-2008-2007 Collective exhibition at Modus Gallery and Gallery Des Vosges, Paris , France ,
-2006 Collective exhibition at the Middle East University, Lebanon ,
-2005 Collective exhibition at Castle of conference, Dbayeh, Lebanon ,
-2004 Shared exhibition sponsored by the dean of the Lebanese University Plastic Arts Department , Lebanon ,