Maria Hassabi is a New York based artist and choreographer. Over the years she has developed a distinct choreographic practice involved with the relation of the body to the image, defined by sculptural physicality and extended duration. Her works draw their strength from the tension between the human subject and the artistic object, the dancer as a performer and as a physical entity.
Her performances and installations are presented worldwide in theaters, museums, galleries, and public spaces and are included in festivals and exhibitions such as K20 Düsseldorf (2018); documenta14, Kassel (2017); Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens (2017); Walker Art Center Minneapolis (2017); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2016); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2015); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2015); ArtSonje, Seoul (2015); Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels (2017, 2014); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2014); steirischer herbst, Graz (2014); The 55th Venice Biennale, Venice (2013); Performa, New York (2013, 2009); The Kitchen, New York (2016, 2013, 2011, 2006); Performance Space 122, New York (2009, 2007); Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneva, Switzerland (2012) amongst others. Hassabi has received a 2016 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Production for her work PLASTIC; the 2015 Herb Alpert Award; the 2012 President’s Award for Performing Arts from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship; and a 2009 Grants to Artists Award from Foundation for Contemporary Arts. She holds a BFA from California Institute of the Arts.