Maria Zervos is a visual artist and poet from Athens currently living and working between the Netherlands and the United States. In 2012, she was the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to pursue art-related research at Harvard University’s Department of Film and Visual Studies. Zervos taught courses at Harvard University in 2014, and has been a faculty member at Emerson College, Boston since 2015. In 2017 she was selected by ISCP (International Studio & Curatorial Program) for an artist residency in New York City.
She has presented her work in solo and group exhibition worldwide including the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Athens; Onassis Cultural Centre, New York City; Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam, Kunstvlaai, Amsterdam; and the Hellenic American Union, Athens, among others. Her art is part of several collections including the D.Daskalopoulos Collection and the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Athens.
Maria Zervos’s most recent work revolves around an interdisciplinary approach to the moving image and text, documenting migrations, contemporary peripatetics and the recent refugee crisis. Zervos works across video, installation, performance and drawing in an ongoing negotiation between topos and utopia. She remaps cities, mountains, peripheries and centers, in a search for a personal synthesis of routes. Distinct for its allusions to crossroads and nomadism, Zervos’s work investigates the conflation of politics and poetics, often aspiring to social criticism.