Portugal, 1989


The works of Maria Trabulo send us to a problematization of the vision and representation of the sea. A range of several themes, from the most abstract lyrical or metaphysical speculations to the most dramatic social, daily, realities. How do you see and what do you see when you look at the ocean? What’s underneath those sights and what is remaining from them? Colours, textures, light, darkness, salt, tears …
Her work departs from an artistic research that unfolds around the possibility of defining the colour of the sea, not necessarily looking for a definitive conclusion but precisely to encounter the differences and contradictions which prevent a universal consensus, highlighting the different people, cultu res, and stories that compose the societal fabric of nowadays.
Maria Trabulo lives and works between Porto and Berlin. Her artistic practice is defined by an interdisciplinary approach. She exhibits her work regularly, both in solo and collective shows, within various exhibition contexts. Trabulo has taken part in frequent artists’ residencies, namely in Germany, Austria, France, Greece, Italy, Iran and Portugal. She co-founded the space from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto. Her most recent exhibitions and projects were held in: Towards Gallery, Toronto; Les Laboratoires In Spite Of (2018–2020) and the Expedição project (2013–2015), both held in Porto. Trabulo completed her Master’s Degree in Art & Science at the Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien (Vienna) and graduated in Plastic Arts d’Aubervilliers, Paris; Porto Municipal Gallery; Deegar Platform, Teheran; Serralves Foundation’s Museum of Contemporary Art; Neue Galerie Innsbruck – Tiroler Künstler:innenschaft, Innsbruck; Bode-Museum, Berlin; Boavista Gallery, Lisbon; See You Next Thursday, Vienna.