Associate Lecturer

Maria Christoforidou is an artist, writer and researcher. Maria was born in Zambia, grew up in Greece and has spent most of her adult life in the UK. The insoluble differences of these environments are powerful incentives toward theory. A lateral approach to critical theory of image, language and their combinations is the foundation of her practice. She uses research and collaboration in different formats – lectures, workshops, events, written and visual essays, publishing – to explore the political, physical and performative implications of writing and photography.

Maria is motivated by a persistent interest in metaphor as a tool that exposes ‘not so obvious’ or even secret connections.  A tool to move you away from the centre, to express the unspeakable knots of Otherness, to question the neutrality of various canons, to expand spheres of activity and interest. This attitude finds fertile ground in her current research in the Afro European feminist discussions of intersectionality, voice, hybridity, decolonisation, and revaluation of the intertextual role images play in forming identities.

Maria first came to Cornwall to study and she is now forever tied to the sea. She joined Falmouth University in 2016 after working for 4 years in Plymouth University.

Contact details



Year Qualification Awarding body
2010 M.A. 20th Century Art and Design Histories and Theories (Distinction) University College Falmouth
2006 PGCE Post Compulsory Education & Training Cornwall College Camborne College
2001 BA(Hons) Fine Art Falmouth School of Art & Design
1998 Art & Design Foundation Diploma UWE Bristol

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

My practice involves writing, printed or spoken, accompanied by my ‘amateurish’ photography and film. I have an interest in chance and anything that takes one away from the centre, the normal, the accepted: metaphor, multiplicity, complication, illusion, lies, dreams, magic, damage, unfinished, mistakes. Also, an obsession with systems of accumulating, enumerating, categorising objects and information: museums, archives, archaeology. I most often work in collaboration with others. I am one third of Various Writing, an art research cluster that investigating acts of writing. I was co-curator of Decalcomania, a collaborative curatorial project. For the T - Rex Cinema, an experimental art cinema in a rural community setting in collaboration with Martyn Ridgewell, and as the lead curator and producer of the first Penryn Arts Festival 2013, Cornwall. I was also part of the founding team of FOMO Arts Publishing Fair.

Research Topics

  • African Diaspora
  • Appropriation
  • Archaeology
  • cinema
  • critical writing
  • decolonisation
  • deconstruction
  • Feminisms
  • hybrids
  • intersectionality
  • Language
  • metaphor
  • oulipo
  • personal is political
  • Photography
  • poetics
  • Semiotics

Research Outputs

Publications and research outputs

  • Ridout, Lizzie, Christoforidou, Maria and Star, Dion

    (2018), Various Writings: Chapter 1 (Research Catalogue Exposition published in RUUKKU), In: RUUKKU: Studies in Artistic Research, University of the Arts (Finland), Finland, ISSN: 2341-9687
  • Ridout, Lizzie

    (2013), An Essay Concerning the Architecture of Conversation, In: Message, University of Plymouth Press, Plymouth, 1 (1), pp. 24-33, ISSN: 978-184102-347-2
  • Wylde, Gillian

    Christoforidou, Maria and Chapman, Neil, (2017), FOMO: Falmouth Art Publishing Fair 2017, Falmouth Art Gallery and Library
  • Ridout, Lizzie and Star, Dion

    (2017), The School of Various Writings: What is Writing?, In: The School of Various Writings: What is Writing?, 13th March – 8th April 2017, Falmouth University
  • Christoforidou, Maria, Ridout, Lizzie and Star, Dion

    (2017), Various Writings: Chapter Two, In: MIX 2017: Writing Digital, 10-12th July 2017, Bath Spa University, Newton Park Campus
  • Christoforidou, Maria, Ridout, Lizzie and Star, Dion

    (2017), Various Writings: Chapter One, In: Please Specify! The Society of Artistic Research's annual conference, 28/29 April 2017, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland
  • Christoforidou, Maria, Ridout, Lizzie and Star, Dion

    (2016), Various Writings: CAST Residency, In: Various Writings: CAST Residency, 6-11th February 2017, CAST, Helston, UK



Decalcomania Curatorial Experiment Collaborative Exhibition Project with Laura Smith. Curator and Producer, Publication Designer The Exchange, Penzance



Penryn Arts Festival Combined Arts Festival 150 local and international projects. Director/Producer/ Arts Council Grant Funding Penryn, Cornwall



In Flux Lecture with Dr Lucy Howarth, Marlow Moss Seminar Tate St. Ives



Far Out and Further Away Leading Artist youth workshops with Circuit Programme Tate St Ives



‘The Other - Penryn’ Reimagine Your Town / Penryn Community Multigenerational Series of Collage Workshops


Areas of teaching

  • Art Histories and Theories
  • Art practice
  • Critical Theories
  • Feminist Studies

Courses taught

  • Fine Art BA(Hons)
  • Illustration BA(Hons)
  • Graphic Design BA(Hons)

Professional Engagement

Independent professional practice

Similis Publication /Visual Essay in collaboration with Martyn Ridgewell, Re – Map 4, Athens

10 dreams to get there
EssayContribution for “To arrive where we started…” Publication 
What We Have Done, What We Are About To Do, Exhibition, Glasgow CCA