Maria Positano weaves concepts of subjective world building and collective narrative production, combining material histories to enrich faceted notions of her/their own cultural belonging. Their work speculates and fictions ethnographic her/stories drawing on their nomadic upbringing. The present work stems from an interest in armour and defence strategies. Thinking about embodiment, vulnerability and transnational ecologies allows the artist to restructure ideas of political resilience and resistance.
Maria Positano completed their BA (Hons) in Sculpture at The City and Guilds of London Art School in 2018 with a First Class Degree, where they were awarded the Madame Tussauds Project Fund and the C&G Sculpture Prize. Their work has been shown internationally and acquired in private collections in the UK and Italy. Positano is this year's awardee of the STC x RCA Air 2023, a 1 year artist in residence award at South Thames College London and was invited to take part in various international artist in residency programs. A few examples include Mason&Fifth x Hyphastudios, London UK and ViaFarini.org in Milan, IT. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include: 2for1 ThorpStavri&Haze X Hyphastudios, London, UK; Soft Monuments Frestonian Gallery, London, UK; A Perfect Place M74, Mexico City, MX; Karusiall Lothringer13 Halle, Munich, DE; Feria CLAVO, Presented by Galeria 54, Mexico City, MX.