Maria Joranko

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Maria Joranko is an artist that is unapologetic about (re)claiming space. Much of her work is community driven and about making space through outdoor immersive installations for and by QTBIPOC people to gather and experience a world where the community doesn't have to be subjected to the unacceptable conditions of systemic oppression, death, constant threat, and surveillance. Through the principals of guardianship, inclusion, and reflections on the power of choice, Maria creates alternate realities to invoke the experience of exemption from conditions of oppression. As a consequence of colonialism, she is tired of being told that she is at the mercy of “greater powers” that dictate the fate of herself and others like her. Through her experiences as a queer Latinx woman, connections to the past and future, and through absorbing elements of pop culture she questions the colonial agenda and the world it creates. Maria is based in London, UK and her current favorite authors are N.K. Jemisen, Octavia Butler, and Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

Maria is currently pursuing her MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she will graduate from in 2022.  She holds  BA's in Studio Art and Art History from University of Mary Washington. Through her career, she has exhibited nationally and activated several non-art spaces such as Fresh Town Farms and the Millworks lots in Columbus, OH through her installation interventions and engagement with her community.  You can find her writing and interviews on artists LaToya Ruby Frazier, Fiona Apple, and Cecilia Vicuña on the Wexner Center for the Arts blog Read, Watch, Listen.

For questions, invitations, general comments, and other inquires please feel free to contact her at mhjoranko@gmail.com