María de la O Garrido

María de la O Garrido

María employs an ethic of expanded collage. Her work is a blend of political poetry and commentary on the absurdities and subtle violences of Western society, reflects her desire to engage with life’s unavoidable challenges.

María de la O Garrido has been living in London for more than a decade. After completing her studies in Fine Arts at the Polytechnic University of Valencia she moved to London, where, thanks to The Jane Rapley Scholarship, she completed her training with a Master in Photography, Practices and Philosophies at the Central Saint Martins University. It was there where she began to work with the image from a multidisciplinary and conceptually broader perspective, working with photography in a sculptural sense, more than as a simple printed image, and using video as a weight support in her artistic practice.

Maria's works with images in a very broad way, using an expanded collage methodology. At a conceptual level she uses her own experience and interpretation of what is happening in the world. On a physical level, she uses as materials everything that is within her reach, both images that she generates or finds herself and 3D objects or digital physical support. She is interested in archives and expressed this interest by generating, visiting, using and venerating them. Her work focuses above all on the analysis of those aspects of her environment that do not work well or she does not like, to transform them into a tool of resistance through art practice. It is an exercise in transformation, in constant recycling of both experiences and materials.

She has carried out artistic residencies in countries such as Malta and the United Kingdom. Some of her audiovisual works have been screened at festivals such as Loop Festival in Barcelona or fairs such as the International Contemporary Art Fair in Marseille, France and exhibited internationally in galleries such as Vitrine Gallery in London.

Obsolescing for (the new) you

HD Video / 01:23 min / 2023

Obsolescing for (the new) you, explores the effects of technological obsolescence on urban life and personal technology use. Employing humour, outdated technological objects like printers and computers are brought to life with human attributes and placed in urban settings, symbolising the persistence of obsolescence in our daily lives. It is an exercise using old footage and exploring the relationship between rituals and technology. This proposal not only depicts obsolescence but also offers insight into rapid technological evolution and its effect on our world perception.

Music in collaboration with musician Daniel McCarthy.