MFA, New Genres, 2014
Using her background in psychology and psychotherapy as a way of looking onto the world and her own biography, Maria Theresa Barbist (b. 1979, Schwaz, Austria; lives in Miami) translates traumatic experiences into performative actions, moving pictures and sculptural objects. She holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Innsbruck and received her MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2014. Her work was exhibited nationally and internationally at Kunstpavillion and Neue Galerie in Innsbruck, Austria, the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, the Wiregrass Museum, the Miami Short Film Festival and the 2018 South Florida Biennial. During her ProjectArt residency she was teaching art classes for kids in the Culmer Overtown library in Miami while creating a series of sculptural works based on children books. Barbist currently works as a teaching artist at the Perez Art Museum Miami. As part of the BABA Collective she is collecting oral histories of South Florida based artists and creatives.