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Maria Hassabi Cy

Maria Hassabi (b. Cyprus) is an artist and choreographer working with live performance, installation, sculpture, photography and video. Since the early 2000s she has developed a unique practice involved with the relation of the live body to the still image and to the sculptural object, utilising stillness and the velocity of deceleration as both technique and subject. Her photographic and video works use her live performances as a departure point, while the use of technology is employed to override the limitations that occur within the format of liveness and realness.

Her performances and installations have been presented worldwide in theaters, festivals, museums, galleries and public spaces including the Gropius Bau, Berlin (2019); Serralves Museum, Porto (2019, 2015); MUDAM, Luxemburg (2019); Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis (2019); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2018); K20, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2017-18); documeta14, Kassel (2017); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2017); OCC STEGI, Athens (2017); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2016); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2015); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2015); The 55th Venice Biennale (2013); Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels (2017, 2016, 2014); ArtSonje, Seoul (2015); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2014); steirischer herbst, Graz (2014); Performa, New York (2019, 2014, 2009); Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2019, 2012); Panorama Festival, Rio de Janeiro (2012); The Kitchen, New York (2019, 2016, 2013, 2011, 2006); Performance Space 122, New York (2007, 2009); Crossing the Line Festival, New York (2016, 2011, 2009) amongst others.

Hassabi has received the 2019 Performa Malcolm McClaren Award; a 2016 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award; 2015 Herb Alpert Award; 2012 President’s Award for Performing Arts from LMCC; 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship; 2009 Grants to Artists Award from Foundation for Contemporary Arts. She holds a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and is an Onassis Decade Resident 2019-2029. She’s based in NYC and Athens, and works internationally.