Maria (1990) was born and raised in Kazan, Russia where she attained a bachelor degree in IT. In 2013 she moved to the Netherlands and attained there a bachelor of fine arts (with honours) at HKU (University of the Arts Utrecht). Currently based in Brussels.
Maria Klaassen-Andrianova was raised against the backdrop of ideological and economical swings of post-soviet Russia and has developed a strong notion of temporality. In her artistic practice she thus abandons the production of an art object that is meant to last and chooses more intangible, temporary forms. In her interventions in public spaces, performances and participatory situations she seeks a fleeting yet profound engagement with the viewer in here and now. Countering the disruptive visual overflow she uses minimalistic language to invite the viewer to slow down, grow aware of oneself and one’s surroundings. Maria Klaassen-Andrianova often draws on ordinary objects and situations to question the very system wherein they circulate. Through delicate negation and absurdity she breaks down the common interpretation and opens up a space for reflection and doubt. The visual language of Maria Klaassen-Andrianova is subtle and refined, however aimed to raise a critical thought and sharpen the awareness.