Maria Paschalidou is a visual artist, photographer and researcher. She focuses on the expanded uses of photography, video as post-production and the performativity of the lens-based media using participatory practices and installations. Her work has been developed in visual statements in which she explores the complex relationship between politics and aesthetics.
She holds a Ph.D. in Lens-based Media (De Montfort University, UK) and an MFA in Photography (Columbia College Chicago, USA). She also studied Economics (BA, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki) and Photography (Focus School of Photography, Athens). She is currently a Fellow of the State Scholarship Foundation (IKY) for the completion of her postdoctoral research which is being developed in collaboration with the Department of Social Anthropology (Panteion University, Athens).
Her artwork has been presented in Europe, USA, Canada, Russia, Australia and Asia and has also been published in exhibition catalogues and international book editions. Her research interests include initiatives for collaborative projects and participative acts in art as well as activities that challenge dichotomies such as artist and audience, image and language and theory-praxis. She often engages curatorial activities in her practices to respond to contemporary socio-political issues and adopts interdisciplinary approaches involving a wide range of theoreticians and art practitioners in constructive art events.
She has also been a visiting lecturer for various academic programs in Greece and abroad. She currently lives in Athens where she works as an art professor specializing in Expanded Uses of Lens-based Media, Conceptual Photography, Digital Imaging, Digital video and post-production.