Born in Lima, Peru, Maria Chávez is mainly known as an abstract turntablist, sound artist & DJ.
Influenced by improvisation, chance and accidents in contemporary art, her work expands outside of the sound world, straddling different disciplines of interest.
Currently, she is a research fellow for the Sound Practice Research (SPR) department at Goldsmith’s University of London until 2017 where she offers lectures that deal with failure in one’s art practice, improvisation in performance and developing site- specific sound installations.
Other institutions that have hosted her workshops and lectures include NYU, Brown University, Haute École des arts du Rhin, Mulhouse, FR, UDK in Berlin, SSR London, Espai d’art contemporani de Castelló, Spain, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts & Berklee College in Boston, MA and many other universities and arts organizations.
She was recently awarded the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble commission 2015 where she presented a new sound piece, NY Sonic Scores 2015, at the Brooklyn Museum & Morgan Library in May. The Jerome Foundation awarded her a New Works 2015 commission.
Maria has been artist in residence with INKONST Arts in Malmö, Sweden, Klangraum Residency, Austria, EMS Elektronmusikstudion in Stockholm, Sweden and the Kitchen in NYC where she presented her large scale multi-channel sound installation, Sound Bleed @ the Kitchen. She served as curator in residence with Cafe OTO, OTO Projects & Electra Productions in London, UK.
This year her sound installations and sculptures have been exhibited for acclaimed art galleries such as Present Company Artspace & BRIC Arts | Media in Brooklyn, the LUFF Festival in Lausanne, Switzerland, MoMA PS1 Printshop and the DiMenna Center’s Cary Hall.
Her latest sound piece, “I Just Know It…”, 2015 is currently on view for CONTEXT Art Miami at the Sound Positions Pavilion in conjunction with Art Basel, Miami.