Maria Hassabi

WinLab 2019

With Maria Hassabi
2 – 6 Dec
11am – 5pm
Maria Hassabi will lead a one-week workshop. Everyday actions like walking, standing, sitting, will be used to engage the participants in group actions in order to produce material.
This material will then be processed with tools from Hassabi’s practice, such as inserting pauses, decelerating actions and applying precision, in an attempt to reach a state of quietness.
By quieting everything down, we will be able to see what it is that we have, discuss it, edit it, and notice nuances within the environment and within each self that are usually dismissed. Maybe these nuances can become further tools for creating.
A short performance will be developed and shared with an invited audience on the final day of the workshop.

“If you hold an image for a long time your initial understanding of it begins to crack.”
Maria Hassabi on Stillness in FRIEZE, Issue 195 May 2018: Stillness is the Move Interview by Harry Thorne


Maria Hassabi (b. Cyprus) is an artist and choreographer based in New York. Since the early 2000s, she has realised performances and installations that have been presented worldwide in theatres, museums, galleries, and public spaces, including the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St Louis (2019); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2018); K20, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Düsseldorf (2017-18); documeta14, Kassel (2017); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2017); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2016); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2015); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2015); The 55th Venice Biennale (2013); Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels (2017, 2016, 2014); ArtSonje, Seoul (2015); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2014); Performa NY (2019, 2014, 2009); The Kitchen, NY (2016, 2013, 2011, 2006); PS 122, NY (2007, 2009) amongst others. Hassabi has received a 2016 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award; a 2015 Herb Alpert Award; 2012 President’s Award for Performing Arts from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship; 2009 Grants to Artists Award from Foundation for Contemporary Arts. She holds a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and is an Onassis Decade Resident 2019-2029.