Maria Loboda

Her Dark Materials

Wschód, Warsaw
1 October - 28 November, 2020

The exhibition is part of Warsaw Gallery Weekend 2020
1-4.10.2020 | Opening hours: 11:00 – 19:00

Maria Loboda composes installations and sculptures to investigate cultural codes, represented by pictorial signs and the grammar of various materials. Throughout her work, Loboda engages with the historical narratives attributed to certain objects and juxtaposes them with contemporary interpretations and modern references. Her research stems from the fields of poetry and history and leads to a formal equation of language and materiality. Thus, through the deconstruction and reorganization of common forms and symbols, Loboda has become a unique voice in what is described as contemporary archeology.

Loboda’s newest solo exhibition HER DARK MATERIALS comprises sculptures, installation, objects, which have been collided with various sources of violent gestures. Ripping, cutting, scratching……all disruptive, malicious yet controlled and calmy carried out. The title is in fact an enigmatic reference to John Milton’s Paradise Lost. 


Maria Loboda (1979) studied at Städelschule in Frankfurt a.M., where she was a student of Mark Leckey from 2003 to 2008. She preceded her training as an artist at the Steinhardt School of Culture, New York, from 2007 to 2008. From 2015 to 2016, she taught as a guest lecturer at Hochschule der Bildenden Künste, Zurich. In 2012, she received the Edward Steichen Award, comprised of a six-month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York City. In the same year she also participated in the International Residency at Les Recollets in Paris. She received a scholarship of the Hessian Cultural Foundation for London in 2009-2010 as well as a scholarship of the Cultural Foundation of Dresdner Bank in 2010. Loboda’s exhibition activities encompass the 58th Venice Biennale (2019), Taipei Biennial (2014), and documenta 13 (2012). Important solo exhibitions include Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt a.M. (2018/19), Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw (2019), Kunsthalle Basel (2017), Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne (2017), The Power Plant, Toronto (2016), and Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012). Furthermore, she has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including Contemporary Art Center, Singapore (2018), MADRE, Naples (2018), Modern Art Oxford (2016), Sprengel Museum Hannover (2015), Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn (2015), Ludlow 38, New York (2012), MMK – Museum für Moderne Kunst (2010).