Maria Anastassiou

Location: London, UK

Artist-filmmaker, b. 1982, Nicosia, Cyprus, lives and works in London.

I make digital and analogue films with communities, individuals and other artists, using formal methods like the filmic portrait, the interview and the performance to the camera, employing filmic elements as poetic structures. Interested in minor languages within dominant cultures and migratory/transient experiences. My films explore the illusory space of the filmic image and the physical space of the celluloid or digital surface.
I appropriate found materials and relational structures for new interaction and collaboration approaches: co-founded an epic UK-wide project, winner of Deutsche Bank Award for Art, and co-curator on a London-based acclaimed filmmaker's collective. I participate on Corners Europe, a 3 year project (2015-2018) working with artists and audiences in public space on the peripheries of Europe.
My work has been shown at amongst others: The Whitney Museum of American Art, Benaki Museum Athens, ICA, BFI, IKON Gallery, Chisenhale Gallery.


Animating Environments, Higgings Museum Bedford
Residual Agencies, Edinburgh Art Festival with Teffler Gallery Glasgow
Supernormal Festival of Experimental Film, Oxfordshire
Revolve:R Edition 2, cur Sam Treadaway, Hours Gallery Bristol
Portraits, cur collective-iz, New River Studios, London
The Equilibrists, Benaki Museum Athens, cur New Museum, DESTE Foundation
Contact Festival Artists’ Film Festival, Apiary Studios, London
Ankara International Film Festival cur Deniz Johns, Ankara Turkey
Negative Light cur Simon Payne, Microscope Gallery, New York USA
Analogue Recurring London Short Film Festival, cur Bea Haut, ICA, London
Screenscapes by collective-iz co-curator and featured artist, Apiary Studios
A Guerilla Shop, cur Christos Kyriakides, Nicosia, Cyprus
Film, Performance, Space cur Richard Ashrowan, Summerhall, Edinburgh
Flood II Cine-City Film Festival, cur Louise Colbourne, Brighton
Emitters of Light Lab, cur Sally Golding, James Holcombe, Karen Mirza, Art-licks, London
Collabo-Nation Cyprus Dossier magazine, cur Peter Eramian, Venice Biennale
Film Movement in Light: A contemporary Expression cur Ben Pritchard, National Portrait Gallery, London
Discovering Borderlands cur by Alexandra Taranova-Ezberova, Moscow, Russia
Here & Now by collective-iz co-curator and featured artist, Horse Hospital
Trans-Art cur Sally O’Dowd, Joe Keenan, Siobhan Harty, Cavan Ireland
Unravel 'Work In Progress' Installation IKON Gallery, Birmingham
Unravel 'Work In Progress' Installation Chisenhale Gallery, London
Here, this time, a terrible beauty, solo show APOTHEKE Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus
Wild, wild wilderness, site specific two person show, Athens, Greece
Art-Athina, represented by APOTHEKE, Athens, Greece
Cinema Corporel, cur Joanna Byrnes, Arch Z, Granary Wharf, Leeds
Unravel 'Work In Progress' Installation Berwick Film and Media Festival
Unravel 'Work In Progress' Installation Document Festival, CCA, Glasgow
The Plaza Principle, cur Derek Horton, Leeds Shopping Plaza Leeds
Lightyear Foundation Science Museum, London
Acoustic Images NFT3, BFI, London
The end of the world as we know it Royal College of Art, London
Wrong Love A-Foundation, Liverpool
Lets rule out aliens for now and concentrate on what we know Hockney Gallery, London
MAP with Guildhall School of Music, Bath International Music Festival, Bath
Tail-Devourer cur Ximena Garrido, Civic Room Gallery, London
Tank-Tv online gallery

Safari Here East Durham, ACE & EU Funding (September 2017)
Safari Tutaj Gdasnk, Poland, Local &EU Funding
Clubhouse, Bedford Creative Arts, ACE &Bedford Council Funding (until March 2018)
Animating Environments Higgins Museum, Bedford
Unravel Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Amara Safari Donostia / San Sebastian European Capital of Culture, Spain
In-Situ Cinema Bedford Creative Arts, ACE & Bedford Council Funding
Safari Here Blyth UK, EU & ACE Funding
Safari Here Belgrade, Serbia, EU & ACE Funding
Trans-Europa Caravans European Alternatives, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Germany, UK
Desolation Row with musician Hannah Peel, London
Deutsche Bank Earth Week, Guest artist, London
Illuminated Exchanges Cavan Town Council, International Fund for Ireland & EU Funding
LUSH / Ethical Consumer Film Commission