Maria Viftrup is working in the messy intersections of participatory art, experimental design and practice-based research. Based in Aarhus, Denmark she is crafting radical curiousity through engaging experiences and material storytelling. Her colourful universe initiates questions and conversations about human relations to more-than-human worlds, ecology, resources, value and waste. Her work takes form as material-driven explorations of the implications of contemporary production and consumption systems.
Maria has been making art projects at ARoS Art Museum and the International Art Center Copenhagen Contemporary.
In 2019 she was awarded with the prize: Danish Design Award Young Talent.
In 2020 she received a working grant from Statens Kunstfond / Danish Arts Foundation.
Maria often finds her inspiration in unvalued waste and translates this into her artistic practice of co-creative installations, happenings, assemblage, material explorations, drawing or photography.
She also does talks, teaching and consultancy. Please get in contact if you are interested in collaboration!
Exhibitions and Projects:
2020: GEOFUTURISTIC EXPERIMENT
Participatory art installation created during Klimafolkemøde/Public Climate Meeting
Pop-up art project at Copenhagen Contemporary. Collaboration with Rune Fjord and Amanda Luna.
2020: FACTORY OF SENSE DISTRIBUTION
Residency at ARoS Public. In collaboration with Rune Fjord and Amanda Luna.
2019: FORUNDRING FORANDRING
Solo exhibition at Augustiana Kunsthal, Augustenborg (supported by Statens Kunstfond)
2019: WASTE OF OUR TIME
5 happenings commisioned by ARoS Public, ARoS Art Museums.
Interactive installation at TEDx, Aarhus. In collaboration with Iga Gorniak.
2019: WASTE OG OUR TIME II
One week interactive Art Zone at Trekantområdets Festuge, Kolding
2019: UNITED DIVERSITY
Graduation exhibition Design School Kolding at Koldinghus, Kolding
2019: IS THIS COLOUR
Group exhibition curated by KONTEMPO, Rundetårn, Copenhagen
2018: MIDLERTIDIGT ARKIV
Trekantområdets Festuge, Kolding
2018: BANK BLANK
Group exhibition at 48 Stunde Neukölln art festival, Berlin
Soloexhibition at Trekantområdets Festuge, Klostergården, Kolding
2020: Speaker at Design Matters, Copenhagen
2020: Artistic consultant in public engagement for EU Horizon Programme Reflow.
2019-2020: Research Assistant at Lab for Planet, Design School Kolding. Teaching and researching at the project: Preferred Futures - Careful Entanlements with Companion Species.
2019: MUSEUM OF MODERN WASTE - Exhibition Designer at Design School Kolding, designing the exhibition for Milan Design Week 2020.
2018: Collaboration with Really and Kvadrat to develop strategies for working with coloured textile waste and designing a prototype collection of possibilities for colour sorting the waste.
2017 – 2018:Manager of Kombucha Lab at Design School Kolding.
2018: BioShades workshop facilitator at TextileLab Amsterdam x Manufacture Copenhagen x Biologigaragen.
2017: Internship at TextileLab Amsterdam, Waag Society – Developing a material archive for future biomaterials.
2014 – 2018: Student assistant at Design School Kolding.
Honours, grants and awards:
2020: Support from Kund Højgaards Fond, Slots og Kulturstyrelsen (Danish agency for Culture) and Statens Kunstfond (Danish Art Foundation) for the project INGENMANDSLAND
2020: Working grant from Statens Kunstfond
2019: Support from Statens Kunstfond for solo exhibition FORUNDRING FORANDRING
2019: Danish Design Awards Young Talent 2019
2019: Travel grant from 'Gudrun og Erik Kauffeldts Fond'
2019: Travel grant from 'Lund/Bugge Fonden'
2017:Colorama Award – Winner of Filmars Colorama Award for best colour trend and palette.
2017: Travel grant from ‘Fællesfonden til fordel for beskæftigede i håndværksfagene i Kolding’.
2017 - 2019: Design School Kolding, MA in material and experience design, specialized in sustainability.
2013 - 2017: Design School Kolding, BA in textile design specialized in colours, materials and sustainability.
2012 - 2013: Vejle Design og Kunstskole.