For the 2019 Art Projects, Abode is bringing together two female artists: Maria Agureeva, a Russian multidisciplinary artist; and Lindsey Bull, a British artist, working primarily in figurative painting. Both artists explore ideas on perceptions, ideology, psychologies and expectations, relating to the body in contemporary society, but through very different approaches.
Agureeva’s work is concerned with the process of objectification, as a result of our desire to change in order to escape social pressure. The artist explores how we model ourselves under the pressure of clichéd attractiveness, polishing our bodies just like billions of images are polished online. In this exploration the artist looks for the boundaries beyond in which the body becomes an object like any other. Agureeva uses mostly synthetic materials, as a means to stress once again that body transformation is a kind of artificial self design which has become a modern form of religion.
Maria Agureeva works with installations, objects, videos, performances, sculpture. She is a participant of IX international Andrey Tarkovsky film festival “The Mirror”, Ivanovo (2015), a nominee of Kandinsky Prize (2013), a finalist of Arte Laguna Prize (2018) and the winner of Arte Laguna special prize (2018).