Art discipline: 
Maria Kossak is a German multimedia and performance artist of Polish descent. She was born in Warsaw, behind the iron curtain, into an aristocratic family of artists and writers. Due to the oppressive political climate and her family’s subsequent emigration she found herself in West Berlin during the late Cold War period. Throughout the 1980s the divided city of Berlin became her childhood playground. Life in Berlin shaped not only her personal but also her artistic identity. Following family inclination, Kossak studied visual and performance art and graduated from the city’s Academy of Fine Arts (UdK) with special honors.
Kossak explores aspects of personal and collective iconography. She is interested in modes of iconographic representation and the influences of Eastern and Western mythology on popular culture. These metaphors of collective and personal longing are often transformed by her performative work and frequently re-framed through digital media, especially elevating the aspect of time and trace.

Dr. Joanna Kiliszek, curator of the project
Important projects / Exhibitions: 
The most recent article on the work of Maria Kossak has been published inside the EXB 20th anniversary collectors edition - "Angels over Neukölln" (Ausgabe 216, JUNE 2022) available at the newsstands and online @

„Berlin taught me to never give up looking out for angels. This part of
town used to be working class, but now it's grown into a noisy jungle.
Driving toward Hermannplatz through the Sodom and Gomorrah of Karl-Marx-Straße, I rarely see a happy face...
I am slowly approaching Neukölln Town hall and passing the old Post Office building, when I spot a creature, sitting right above the pigeon dirt and the craziness of the street. It's an angel who has somehow become caught up in the barbed wire of a megalithic billboard, and now it can't escape my gaze. Another lucky day in heaven.“

R. Linzer, Neukölln taxi driver
Awards / Prizes : 
Maria Kossak’s art has been exhibited within and outside of Europe and is represented in international collections.