Maria Loboda (b. 1979, Cracow, Poland) creates puzzling and enigmatic spaces that lead deep into layers of rich historical narratives, and refer to the current state of things.
She channels poetic, historical and philosophical research into formal equations of language and materiality, examining how they act and interact, and what can they express beyond their common readings.
The elegant beauty that her pieces transmit is a somewhat anti-formalist beauty, in the sense that the core of her work never lies in its aesthetic appeal; beauty in Loboda’s universe has the objective of luring observers into the potentially lethal realms where they actually take place, functioning, in the artists’ words, ‘as a vessel for more sinister objectives’.
Maria Loboda graduated from the Städelschule in Frankfurt-am-Main under the class of Mark Leckey in 2008. Her work will be exhibited at Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico and Schirn Kunsthalle in 2018 and the Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw in 2019. Recent solo shows include Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; IAC Villeurbanne, Lyon, France; CAC Vilnius, Lithuania; The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada and Vulcano Extravaganza, Stromboli, Italy. Throughout her career, she has also exhibited at Documenta13, Kassel, Germany; Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, among other venues.