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Maria Toboła (PL)
video + oil pastels, 2014

The work comprises black and white video projection and a set of pastel drawings with an alien smoking weed. The video has been shot in the plains of Mazury and in Warsaw, close to the abandoned modernist building of a former Russian Embassy. The work is inspiered by the popular iconography of an alien with a joint from the 1990s, children’s fascination with paranormal phenomena, abandoned ideas and hanging around on the block.

Maria Toboła (PL), born 1987 in Leszno. Graduated from the University of Arts in Poznan. In 2012, she received her bachelor’s degree in the Audiosphere Studio of Prof. Leszek Knaflewski. She works with video, performance, installation and music. Her projects were shown in various museums, festivals and galleries around the world, including: “Crimestory” (Centre of Contemporary Art, Torun, 2013), “Society is unkind” (Raster Gallery, Warsaw, 2013), “Let everything you love die!” (TRAFO, Szczecin, 2013), “Prestige & Style” (Winter Saloon, Branicki Palace, Bialystok, 2012), “School of Happiness” (Viennafair, Vienna, 2012), “Shore to shore”, (Washington, 2011), Young Art Triennale (Centre of Polish Sculpture, Oronsko, 2011), WRO Media Art Biennale (Wroclaw, 2011), Videonale 13 (Bonn, 2011), Samsung Art Master (Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, 2010). She is part of the radical hip-hop duo cipedrapskaud (together with Dominika Olszowy). Co-founder of the Sandra Gallery. She lives and works in Warsaw.