Maria Laet was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1982, where she continues to live and work. She participated in art residencies such as Schloß Balmoral (Bad Ems, Germany, 2009), Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa (Lisbon, 2010), and Residency Unlimited (New York, 2014). She has exhibited her work individually in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Paris, Lisbon, Milan and New York. Maria Laet has participated in group shows such as 33a Bienal de São Paulo: Affective affinities (Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo, São Paulo, Brazil, 2018); Cosmogonies, au gré des éléments (MAMAC, Nice, 2018); Video Art in Latin America (LAXART, Los Angeles, 2017); La Vie Aquatique (Musée régional d’art contemporain, Occitanie/Méditerranée, France, 2017); The Valise (Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2017); Tangents (MSK, Ghent, Belgium, 2015); Encruzilhada (Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, 2015); Rumors of the Meteore (49 Nord 6 est – Frac Lorraine, Metz, France, 2014); Everydayness (Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk, Poland, 2014); From the margin to the edge (Somerset House, London, 2012); 18th Biennale of Sydney: all our relations (2012); Convite à Viagem (Rumos Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, 2012); e O lugar da linha (Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niteroi and Paço das Artes in São Paulo, 2010). Her work is part of collections such as MAM, Gilberto Chateaubriand, Rio de Janeiro; Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói; 49 Nord 6 est – Frac Lorraine, Metz, France; MSK, Ghent, Belgium; AGI Verona, Italy; Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros; and MoMA, New York.
Maria Laet’s multidisciplinary practice is informed by a series actions resulting from subtle gestures and interventions in public and domestic spaces. Mediums employed act as conduits and platforms for Laet’s processes, skins, which convey her intentions and reveal the act as an archive.
In this way, the work happen through the physicality of the materials evolved, calling attention, among other things, to the space, the membrane that connects and separate at the same time. These encounters are emphasized in the entropic nature of her work, which may appear calm and sedate at first glance, although this initial semblance of homogeneity, it causes one to question the definitions of limits on the surface.
According to Luisa Duarte in the text for the show ‘Situação de água’ (Water situation) at Marilia Razuk Gallery “In her actions, the artist is always in search for this tenuous and invisible line which separate things, people. A line that can be overpassed and touched, that promotes the touch, the exchange. But here nothing is finished. As the water, which doesn’t aloud us to see her limits, which overflows, there is here this absence of border, of end. To inhabit this delicate place and get close to it, to remember its existence, that is what happens in the work of Maria Laet.”