29 November 2023
Feelium Gallery & Studios
7 Kensington Mall, London W8 4EB, UK
BETWEEN DOG AND WOLF — WHAT REMAINS TO BE SEEN?
Maria Gvardeitseva's performance will explore the social taboos imposed on memory and the so-called minefields of memory that we are re-experiencing due to the new and ongoing wars around us. Performance participants will join the so-called memory table as a space of transformative grief, a dialog with the past and the present. How to distinguish between dogs and wolves? Friends and enemies? Phantasm from ideology? What remains to be seen?
9 May 2023
Aristida Briāna 9, Rīga
NE-NOVĒRTĒJAMS / PRICE-LESS
The performance will take place in a cell-like space and draws on elements of collective memory to create an engaging experience for the audience. Maria Gvardeitseva explores official and individual memories of wars and traumatic events. She offers visitors to join a so-called memorial table as a space of transforming grief and sorrow, and a dialog with the past. What new taboos and what new minefields of memory will emerge?
13-29 April 2023
139 Whitfield St, London
5-MINUTE BEDTIME STORIES
In the upcoming project at Fitzrovia Gallery in London «5-Minute Bedtime Stories», Maria Gvardeitseva explores the transformative potential of fairy tales to cope with the pain of divorce and separation. In the installation, you discover how stepping outside traditional norms and violating societal expectations can lead to new possibilities and refreshed perspective on life. And a variety of possible "happily ever afters."
1-31 March 2023
The Roots Gallery
MIGRANT’S ALTAR. FAREWELL
In 2016, due to Belarus political reality of increasing terror of Lukashenko’s dictatorship Maria Gvardeitseva left her homeland and immigrated to Latvia. In 2022 the process of citizenship refusal is finalized and she has to deliver her passeport to the nearest Consulate. The artist shapes this auto-exile, a painful separation from her Motherland in « Migrant’s Altar. Farewell ».
18-20 January 2023
The Goldsmiths University
TERRA PATRIA LIBERI
Сhildhood Memories Archive of Shaping Patriotism. Group show with Yawen Cai, Hamish Macdougall and Graciela Wimmer
16-30 September 2022
Mark Rothko Art Center
Mihaila iela 3, Daugavpils, Latvia
DRYGVA. BREATHE IN – BREATHE OUT
Maria Gvardeitseva's project, DRYGVA. BREATHE IN – BREATHE OUT, explores her Belarussian roots and the disappearing memories of the original Belarussian identity. The project creates an immersive space that recreates a marshland, with its unique atmosphere and colors, blurring the line between life and death. Visitors who step into the space are taken on an unexpected journey, guided by the portraits of Belarussian women, who spark to life in Maria's marshland universe.