I am Maria Lusitano, a visual artist born in Lisbon in 1971. I live currently in London, to where I moved in 2011. In my practice I work with video, video-installation, drawing, and artist publications. I am interested in new economics, spirituality and the emerging soulful world of the future.
My art projects use experimental models of storytelling/narrative using drawing, text, collage, artist films, to explore topics around personal/historic memory, soul based new economics, consciousness. My practice involves artistic research, relational ethnography and participatory methodologies.
I hold a BA in Fine Art (Ar.co, Lisbon, Portugal) an MFA in Fine Art (2009, Malmö Art Academy, Sweden). In 2015 I concluded my arts based Ph.D at the University of Westminster, London. My practice-based research was entitled Performing the relational times and voices of childhood in the video-essay. I studied Music (violin) at the Conservatory of Music in Coimbra, and hold a Master degree in Medicine taken at University of Coimbra, Portugal (1998).
I have exhibited in international events such as Manifesta 5, Photo Espana 6, 29th biennial of Sao Paulo, (2010) and others. My work was exhibited in art venues such as in Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Joshibi university, Tokyo (2010), Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Ireland (2013), Portuguese National Museum of Contemporary Art (2018), MAAT Museum, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2019), and various other museums and art galleries. I was awarded various scholarships, such as the Swedish Art Scholarship Edstranska Stiefeltse, Calouste Gulbenkian Scholarships and the Science and Technology Foundation scholarship.
My work is present in art collections such as Victoria and Albert Museum Artist Book Collection, Georges Pompidou's Artist Book Collection, MoMA Artist Book collection, EDP Museum, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and various other private collectors such as Prof Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (Current President of Portugal) and António Cachola .