Maria Friberg (b. 1966, Malmö, Sweden) lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Most of Friberg's work revolves about themes of power, masculinity and man’s relationship to nature. In Friberg's images, she creates ambiguous tableaus that challenge preconceived notions about identity, gender and social hierarchies. Her most recent pieces look both outwards, to the challenges in contemporary society, and inwards, to a meditative state of mind. In these photographs and videos, the isolation and solitude of the individuals reflect issues in society at large. The men in Friberg's images are signs for men, trying to find their place in times of turmoil.
Collections include: 21 c Museum, Louisville, KY; Bonnierföretagen, Stockholm, Sweden; The Buhl Collection, New York, NY; Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado; DG Bank, Frankfurt, Germany; Donald Marron, New York, NY; Europeiska Centralbanken, Frankfurt, Germany; Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zürich; Goldman Sachs, London, England; Göteborgs konstmuseum, Göteborg, Sweden; Heather and Tony Podesta Collection, Washington, DC; Herbert F Johson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland; Linköping Art Museum, Linköping, Sweden; Malmö Art Museum, Malmö, Sweden; Mario Testino, London, England; Martin Z. Margulies, Florida; Modern Museum, Stockholm, Sweden; Museo Fortuny, Venice, Italy; Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC; Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden; Norrköping Art Museum, Norrköping, Sweden; The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; Progressive, Cleveland, OH; Ringier Collection, Zürich, Switzerland; Sammlung Federkiel, Leipzig & München, Germany; Skövde Konsthall, Skövde, Sweden; Tampa Art Museum, Tampa, FL; Thomas Olbricht, Essen, Germany; William + Ruth True, Seattle, WA; and The Wonderful Fund, London, England.
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"Maria Friberg’s new series on display at Conner Contemporary Art, ‘still lives,’ has a weary sensuality, an almost Old European romanticism…"
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