Maria de Lima

Still from Maria de Lima film
'Tones for Voice and Colour', 2019. Film still

Using a visual aesthetic driven by colour across film, installation, painting and text, Maria de Lima’s practice employs a feminist lens to explore the colonial imposition of language as a means to extend territory. She considers how linguistic overlays can become sites where geographies and cultures intersect, and conflicting ideas inhabit our bodies. In part a reflection on personal experiences of early migration, this framework allows her to contemplate the reverberations of geography and a shifting relationship with a mother tongue on forging hybrid identities.


Maria de Lima (b.Recife, Brazil) lives and works in Glasgow. Recent solo and group exhibitions include: Desde el Salón (From the Living Room), Whitechapel Gallery, London (2021); Toys for Survival, Glasgow Women’s Library, Glasgow (2020); Diaries, Chalton Gallery, London (2019); Outpost Film Open selected by Stuart Whipps, Norwich (2019); INGEST/digest/excrete, [SPACE], London (2018); An exit soft to the touch, ANDOR, London (2016). She collaborated with artist Nicole Morris between 2018-2020 on the curatorial project, ingest/digest/excrete. She was the recipient of the 2016 Abbey Fellowship at the British School at Rome and is a graduate of the Royal Academy Schools.


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