Maria participated as a Visual Arts Fellow for AVR5 (March 2022). Click here to see Maria’s program.
Maria Sideri is an artist and researcher. Her practice involves performance, text, voice and sound and her artistic research is influenced from her background in anthropology and history of religion. Maria has performed and exhibited at Kiev Biennale (2021), MOMus Museums (2021), Stavros Niarchos (2019), Phenomena / Φαινόμενα as a commission of State of Concept (2021), the 4th Biennale/ Greece (2013), ArtsAdmin (2014), Trouble Festival (2013) and Spill Festival (2012). Parallel to her solo practice Maria has collaborated as a performer over the last 10 years with various artists internationally: Ron Athey, Manuel Vason, Lina Lapelyte, Dora Garcia, Tino Seghal, Julie Tolentino, Tai Shani. Maria has also been developing community and youth projects like the project Assemblages part of the Artistic Acupuncture Missions and hosted by Lieux Public of the INSITU network in Marseille (2018-9), the project Déviation (2019) with Signal Festival and CIFAS in Bruxelles and Hello World Choir (2017) with Tadamon in Cairo. Maria has received funding from the Arts Council of England for her work Vibrant Matter/La Métachorie project (2014-6) and was awarded the ARTWORKS Fellowship in 2018 in Athens. Since March 2018 she is a PhD candidate at the University of Western Macedonia in the department of Applied and Visual Arts. Maria is also part of an eco-feminist artistic network called Room to Bloom and a member of a music band called Bora-Barx.
“Through different research methods my work is shaped around themes of archives, embodiment, feminisms and rituals. My investigations turn to the body being an archive and archivist simultaneously and towards notions of memorisation and possession as artistic methodologies that uncover histories of bodies that are often silenced. Using different mediums and research methods through the various projects I am engaging with, I am interested in finding ways to expand the notion of archives and documentation through and with the body with an aim to create counter archives of affect and empowerment”.