MA Photography – London College of Communication, 2019
Maria explores both the boundaries of photography as a medium and the boundaries of our perception. We believe that photography tells the truth, and we embrace the camera as a trustworthy object that reflects exactly what we see. But when cameras fail, producing distorted images, photography conflicts with our idea of reality. As a result, we are forced to think about the relationship between photography, our perception, and reality.
Maria’s interest in technology plays a huge role in her work. She feels that we are becoming digitalised versions of ourselves. We are dependent on devices – something inside us is changing. She often depicts this in her work by using several digital techniques, combining them with photography. Using digital and ‘fake’ media in combination with a medium that is perceived as a reflection of reality shows the decreasing gap between what is real and what is fake in today's society – it becomes harder to distinguish between the two.
Maria plays with this idea and manipulates images, both digitally and physically. Materials and prints are altered and a completely new image emerges. It is a metaphor for the fact that, increasingly, we cannot seem to distinguish the natural and artificial in our surroundings. Maria believes that this often goes unnoticed, so her work encourages audiences to think about the changes that are impacting upon us.
Awards and residencies:
‘Mimesis’ (single image), cover of ‘New 2019’, a catalogue featuring 100 up-and-coming talented Dutch people.
“One thing I absolutely love about the photographic medium is the deceptive character it can have. Often, situations are not misleading at first glance – until you point a camera at them. This is how I started ‘Reflections’, another series in which I use two confusing objects – a camera and a mirror. It is an exploration of how far I can make it seem that the camera is lying. I want to make the viewer question the trustworthiness of the camera and, moreover, question their own perception.”