“My own experience of learning to speak was – from the beginning – concerned with questions not only of vocabulary or grammar, but more intuitively, of when to speak, how to ‘behave’, how to work with others, how to exchange ideas, and mostly how to learn how to live day-to-day.”

Photo of Marianna Maruyama by Yero Adugna Eticha, Addis Ababa 2014

Photo by Yero Adugna Eticha, Addis Ababa, 2014.

Marianna Maruyama uses the body and voice as primary agents in her performance-based practice. Much of her work uses only a few elements – bodies and texts, mostly – but they engage a complex web of relations across geographies, histories, and languages.

“This is the social relation I feel I must urgently activate with my work: letting me reach publics I have not yet met, and have not predetermined. I work with many others, people from different parts of the world, of different generations, and with different knowledge and areas of expertise.” In her performances, audio recordings and publishing activities, Maruyama attends to the ‘before and after’ moments of an event, extending the life of the creative encounters that inform her practice.

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