Maria Flawia Litwin Poland/Australia/Canada

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Year of Residency: 2019

Education

  • 2011 2011 Master of Fine Arts, York University, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2008 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture/Installation, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Canada.

Residencies

  • 2018 Textílsetur Íslands Residency, Iceland.
  • 2017 Argentum Hoya de Rota Residency, Spain.
  • 2017 Hub14 research and creation residency, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2016 Artist in Residence, Shiro-Oni, Onishi, Gunma, Japan.
  • 2015 Artist in Residence, Espacio Reflex, San Sebastían, Spain.
  • 2014 Banff Artist in Residence, The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada.
  • 2013 Banff Artist in Residence, The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada.
  • 2012 The Decapitated Museum Residency, The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada.
  • Banff Artist in Residence, The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018 MEMORIAS DE IDENTIDAD FUTURA, performance and tai-lingual catalogue launch, Artium, Vittoria, Spain
  • 2016 ABSURD HEROIN/ TRAGIC MYTH, Videofag, Toronto, Canada.
  • LOWEST RELIEF, Back Gallery Projects, Vancouver, Canada.
  • 2015 MEMORIAS DE IDENTIDAD FUTURA, Espacio Reflex, San Sebastián, Spain.
  • LOWEST RELIEF, Typology, Toronto, Canada.
  • LET THE MOON GUIDE YOU, Yellowhouse Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2011 CECI N’EST PAS UNE ARTISTE, Ten Eighty, Toronto, Canada.

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2018 EDGE, Islandic Textile Centre, Blonduos, Iceland.
  • 2017 WHEN FORM BECOMES ATTITUDE, Calgary Contemporary, Calgary, Canada.
  • 2016 UNTITLED, Maniacker’s Factory, Onishi, Gunma, Japan.
  • 2016 WORKING TITLE, Typology, Toronto Art Book Fair, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2015 CARMICHAEL LANDSCAPE EXHIBITION, Museum of Art and History, Orillia,Canada.
  • 2014 CARMICHAEL LANDSCAPE EXHIBITION, Museum of Art and History, Orillia.
  • 2013 THE ANNUAL, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Canada.
  • CONSTRUCTED TRUTH, 15th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Modern Fuel, Kingston,Canada.
  • 2012 THE ANNUAL, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Canada.
  • DAYLIGHT SAVINGS, Philosopher’s Knoll, The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada.
  • 2011 RÓŻA SELAWISKA, Loop Gallery, Toronto, Canada.

Video works Presentations

DISQUIET UNDER YOUR SKIN

  • 2017 hub14, Toronto, Canada.

PENELOPA’S DREAM

  • 2016 In/Future, SlipStream, Imax, Ontario Place, Toronto.
  • Melbourne Underground Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia.

LIFT Round-up, Toronto.Bloor Cinema, Toronto.

  • 2015 Videofag, Toronto, Canada.

TO GET TO KNOW YOU

  • 2016 Videofag, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2015 Yellowhouse Gallery, Toronto, Canada.

QUE JE VOUS EMBRASSE,

  • 2016 Cinesphere, Ontario Place, Slipstream, In/Future, Toronto, Canada.
  • Videofag, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2014 Orillia Museum of Art and History,, 2016, Toronto, Canada.

SYZYFA

  • 2016 Videofag, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2013 Modern Fuel, Kingston, Canada.
  • CROCODILE TEARS
  • 2013 Modern Fuel, Kingston, Canada.

RELATIONSHIP

  • 2016 Oslo Digital and Video Poetry Festival, Oslo, Norway.

Awards

  • 2014 ONTARIO ART COUNCIL VISUAL ARTIST GRANT
  • TORONTO ART COUNCIL PROJECT GRANT.
  • 2012 MR. AND MRS. GOSBEE FUND for the Decapitated Museum Residency.

Design.

  • INTERACCESS MEDIA ARTS PRIZE for Proficiency in Integrated Media, Ontario College of Art and Design.

Artist statement

Maria Flawia Litwin is interested in image-making as a surrogate for answers about the world around her. She views art making as a journey of voluntary displacement and the artist a willing foreigner. Art provides a vantage point to pose questions about the passing ideological
landscape and the existential concerns brought up in the exploration.
Litwin spent her formative years in Poland and Australia, and as a young adult she travelled extensively before settling in Canada. Her serial immigrant status fuels her need to analyze the shifting nature of institutional structures and their impact on the individual. Unable to trust any of her three languages as an adequate means of inquiry, Litwin turned to making art.
Her practice encompasses sculpture, video, performance, installation, acting, fiction writing and data collecting. The resulting work exists at the playful intersection of inquisitiveness, humour, craft and philosophy.

Web

Maria’s website – Visit.