Maria Laet

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1982.
Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Represented by A Gentil Carioca, Galeria 3+1 and Galeria Marilia Razuk.

PIPA 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017  and 2018 nominee.

Maria Laet’s work is created by actions and through the results of gestures and subtle interventions, in a practice which involves drawing, engraving, photography and video. These means are like channels, platforms for the artist’s process, like skins, which take in its intentions and reveal the action like an archive. The artworks take place in the concept as well as the physicality of the materials involved, calling attention to the membrane, the space, which connects but at the same time, divides. These encounters are emphasized in the entropic nature of Laet’s work, which tend to seem calm, initially homogenous, but which subtly question the notion of limit.

According to Luisa Duarte, in a critical text written for the exhibition ‘Situação de água’, at Marilia Razuk Gallery, ‘In her actions, the artist is always seeking a thin and invisible line which separates things, people. A line which can be surpassed and touched, promoting the touch, the exchange. But here nothing is concluded. Like the water which doesn’t allow to see her limits, which overflows, there exists here the absence of edge, of end. To inhabit this delicate place, and to get close to it, record its existence, this is what happens in the works of Maria Laet’.

Maria Laet participated in artistic residencies at Schloß Balmoral (Bad Ems, Germany, 2009), at Carpe Diem Art and Research (Lisbon, 2010), and at Residency Unlimited (New York, 2014). Had solo exhibitions in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Paris, Lisbon and Milan. Participated in group exhibitions such as: ‘Lines of Tangency’ (Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium, 2015), ‘Encruzilhada’ (Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, 2015), ‘Rumors of the Meteore’ (Frac Lorraine, Metz, France, 2014); ‘Everydayness’ (Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk, Poland, 2014); ‘A Invenção da Praia’ (Paço das Artes, São Paulo, 2014); ‘Correspondências’ (Centro Cultural dos Correrios, 2013); ‘From the margin to the edge’ (Somerset House, London, 2012); 18th Biennale of Sydney: all our relations (2012); ‘Convite à Viagem’ (Rumos Itaú Cultural, 2012); and ‘O lugar da linha’ (Museum of Contemporary Art, Niterói e Paço das Artes, São Paulo, 2010).

Laet’s works can be found in collections such as Gilberto Chateaubriand Rio de Janeiro, MAC Niterói, FRAC Lorraine, France and Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent, Belgium, Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York and AGI Verona Collection, Italy.


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