Next to None is a multimedia installation exploring the precarity and emotional experience of renting in Dublin. Drawing on her experiences over the past 8 years, Maria uses sound, sculpture and photography to capture quieter moments of frustration, stress and anger living in poorly maintained apartments, and daydreams of a future out of reach.
The stage for this work is a full scale floor plan of the cheapest apartment currently available to buy in Dublin. An apartment not fit for purpose, without a bedroom that will inevitably be purchased by a landlord and released onto the rental market. The work is performed on its unstable walls and a spoken text echoes through the gallery in Danish.
Maria Maarbjerg is a Dublin-based visual artist working primarily with analogue photography. She is originally from Denmark and moved to Ireland in 2013. Her practice revolves around societal issues, such as the current housing crisis. In her work she is focused on the psychology and emotions experienced by people living through crisis situations. Her images reference pre-digitalisation photography, and she finds her inspiration in archival photos and old video footage.
Maria started her photography career in Fatamorgana - The Danish School of Art Photography, and holds a Bachelor (hons.) in Fine Art from TU Dublin. After graduating in 2020, Maarbjerg received the RDS - R.C. Lewis-Crosby award, the Fire Station Media Graduate Residency, and recently she was awarded the Arts Council’s Visual Arts Bursary Award.
Maria is the recipient of our We Only Want the Earth Residency Award in partnership with Fire Station Artists Studios and Migrants & Ethnic-Minorities for Reproductive Justice (MERJ).