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Overview

This love for things that go unnoticed does not choose between the solid presence of a stone or the viscous transience of feet in the sand. It is a process of affective attention that gives density to what is brief, expanding our organic dimensions. By making itself available to the flow of nature, Laet's work creates molecular intimacy with the world.

– Frederico Coelho, Poro, 2018

Brazilian artist, lives and works in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Her works subtle dynamics with elements of nature such as air, time, light and energy, which constitute a unique glossary. By a deep breath the artist creates an inventory of listens and actions that link earth and body to timeless experiences.

Selected Works
  • Maria Laet, Instante cinza [Gray Instant], 2020
    Instante cinza [Gray Instant], 2020
  • Maria Laet, Limiar [Threshold], 2020
    Limiar [Threshold], 2020
  • Maria Laet, Recostura [Re-thread], 2019
    Recostura [Re-thread], 2019
  • Maria Laet, Entre elas (calcário), 2020
    Entre elas (calcário), 2020
  • Maria Laet, Atividade Interna [ internal activity ], 2017
    Atividade Interna [ internal activity ], 2017
  • Maria Laet, Sobrecéu, 2019
    Sobrecéu, 2019
  • Maria Laet, Trança (Homenagem à Tunga) [Braid (Tribute to Tunga)], 2017/2020
    Trança (Homenagem à Tunga) [Braid (Tribute to Tunga)], 2017/2020
  • Maria Laet, Terra (Canudos) [Earth (Canudos)], 2015
    Terra (Canudos) [Earth (Canudos)], 2015
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Biography

Brazilian artist, lives and works in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Her works subtle dynamics with elements of nature such as air, time, light and energy, which constitute a unique glossary. By a deep breath the artist creates an inventory of listens and actions that link earth and body to timeless experiences. The dialogue with multiple materialities, the space of aspiration between the volumes of life, habit, balance, intuition and fluidity are amplified in photographs, installations, sculptural objects and videos, which manifest in the works of Maria a unique sensory experience. In her empirical studies, Maria points out oscillations, the freedom, the gestures and the memories that melt in between silences and noises, cycles that bend one body or stretch layers of another. The density of the city is rearranged by the artist, as with an ephemeral flair transforms what touches into seams and weaves pierced by fugacities and prolongations.

 

In 2019, she presented the solo exhibitions “Almost nothing” at Galeria 3 + 1 in Lisbon and at the Institut d´art Contemporain in Villeurbanne / Rhône, France, “Sobrecéu” at Galeria do Lago-Museu da República in Rio de Janeiro and “A measure of breath” in Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro. She also participated in the group shows “I Remember Earth”, at Le Magasin - Center National d'art Contemporain, in Grenoble, France, “Bauhaus: Utopia in Crisis”, at the University of Arts London, in the United Kingdom, “Tecer Mundos”, Sesc Quitandinha, in Petrópolis, and “Da linha, o fio”, at Espaço Cultural BNDES, in Rio de Janeiro. She was part of the 33rd São Paulo Biennial in 2018 and the 18th Sydney Biennial in 2012. Maria joined the Residencies “Residency Unlimited” in New York in 2014, the “Carpe Diem Art and Research” in Lisbon in 2010 and at the Schloß Balmoral, in Germany, 2009.

 

Her work are part of the collections Gilberto Chateaubriand, MAM Rio Rio de Janeiro, Brasil; MAC Niterói, Brasil; 49 Nord 6 est – Frac Lorraine, Metz, France; MSK, Ghent, Belgium; Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros; AGI, Verona, Italy; Maria Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation, Madrid, Spain; Figueiredo Ferraz Institute, São Paulo, Brasil; MoMA, New York; Special Collections, The Getty Research Institute; Rare Books and Special Collection, Princeton University; The Bienecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University; Ivorypress Artist’s Books Collection, Madrid; Uría Menéndez Collection, Spain; MAR, Rio de Janeiro.

 

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