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Maria Hassabi (b. Cyprus) is an artist and choreographer working with live performance, installation, sculpture, photography and video. Since the early 2000’s, she has developed a unique choreographic practice involved with the relation of the live body to the still image and the sculptural object, utilizing stillness and deceleration as both technique and subject while testing conventional rhythms of viewership. Her photographic and video works use her live performances as a departure point, while the use of technology overrides the limitations within the format of liveness. Her works have been presented worldwide in theaters, festivals, museums, galleries and public spaces, including Gropius Bau, Berlin (2020); Serralves Museum, Porto (2019, 2015); MUDAM, Luxenberg (2019); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2018), documeta14, Kassel (2017); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2017); Museum of Modern Art, NY (2016); Hammer Museum, LA (2015); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2015); The 55th Venice Biennale (2013); Performa, NY (2019, 2014, 2009); Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2019, 2012); The Kitchen, NY (2019, 2016, 2013, 2011, 2006), amongst others. Hassabi has received the 2019 Performa Malcolm Mclaren Award; 2016 “Bessie” Award; 2015 Herb Alpert Award; 2012 President’s Award for Performing Arts, LMCC; 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship; 2009 Grants to Artists Award,FCA. She holds a BFA from CalArts and is Onassis Decade Resident 2019-2029.
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