Maria Vaz

(this page was last updated in August 2023)

Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 1990
Lives and works in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

PIPA Prize 2023 nominee

Maria Vaz is a visual artist and researcher, with a master’s degree in visual arts at EBA/UFMG and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts at UEMG/Guignard. In her works, she deals with the relationship between memory, forgetfulness, and the imaginary, through poetic fabulations, experiments between image and word and the use of public and family archives. She was awarded the XVI Funarte Marc Ferrez Photography Prize, selected for the 10th Diário Contemporâneo de Fotografia Prize and participated in several exhibitions in Brazil and a solo show – “Três Ranchos: más allá del fin del mundo” – in Barcelona.

She is a member of the collectives/platforms Women Photograph and Mulheres Luz and co-founder of the duo Paisagens Móveis, in partnership with Bárbara Lissa, – focusing on themes involving the environment and ecocriticism –, with whom she held the exhibition “When time lasts a ton”, in 2022, part of the solo exhibitions cycle from BDMG Cultural, published, in 2021, the photobook “Três Momentos de um Rio” and was selected for the Pierre Verger National Photography Prize, in the same year.


Video produced by Do Rio Filmes exclusively for PIPA Prize 2023:

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