BIO

Maria has published critical texts in Public: Art/Culture/Ideas, Minnesota Review and Antennae and an essay on Visual Culture in the John Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism. In 2011, Whiteman was the recipient of an Interdisciplinary Course Seminar Grant from the Kule Institute for Advanced Studies was a scholar in the Canadian Institute for Research Computing in the Arts. In 2011, she had a solo exhibition at Latitude 53. Exhibited in the Alberta Biennial at the Art Gallery of Alberta 2013. Whiteman was a co-director of the 2012 (BRIC) Banff Research in Culture/ documenta 13 research residency and participated in the Geoffrey Farmer Residency at the Banff Centre in 2012. Whiteman's “Mountain Pine Beetle and Roadside Kestrel” most recent video/photography work will be premiered at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival and Rice Media Centre, Houston, TX, Nov 2014. Whiteman attended the Caetani Culture Artist in Residence FRESH AIR! Okanagan, Vernon, BC, Alberta May-June 2015. In November, 2015 Co-organized "After BioPolitics" The SLSA Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, Curated "After Biopolitics in Contemporary Art" with Keynotes (Mark Dion and Vinciane Despret).  Houston, Texas. She has also been selected as a recipient of the Visiting Scholar Lynette S. Autrey Fellowship 2015-2016. In Feb- March of 2016 "Touching" and "Loved you right up to the end" will be exhibited in the Urban Video Project “Between Species,” Curated by Anneka Herre at Syracuse University, New York. March-April 2016 a Solo exhibition "Visitor" at the Museum of Walking (MoW), Tempe, AZ. March 2016 Artist in Residence at the Laboratory for Criticism and Technics, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. April/End of May 2016 BAir Extended Artist Residency Program, Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta. Fall 2016, The School of Science, Arts and Technology, Artist in Residence with Xin Wei and Adam Nocek, Project workshop "Ecology of the Senses," Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. 

Artist Statement

The main goal of my artistic practice over the past decade has been to investigate and interrogate the ways that we conceptualize, visualize and narrate our relationships to and understanding of the non-human world, ecology and environment. The main forms that I’ve employed to carry out my projects have been large format digital photography, video and installation art.  I want to create a visual language to understand these intersections of the human-natural world in order to help us think the future in full awareness of the actual character of the physical and mental landscapes we currently inhabit.