One Last Time
One Last Time, a lens-based meditation on mortality, joy, and second chances, was created during a residency at RAIR (Recycled Artist In Residency). RAIR is a non-profit arts organization uniquely situated within a construction and demolition recycling center in Northeast Philadelphia.
Over the course of nine months, Maria Möller collaborated with six individuals who are living in an especially close proximity to their own mortality to create and document visual narratives juxtaposing life cycles with waste cycles.
Gret and the Return was filmed and edited by Tony Heriza.
Special thanks to Gret Gentile and Billy Dufala.
Maria Möller is a Philadelphia-based artist who seeks to distill narrative from fact and interpret how story and place can reflect our innermost longings and collective hopes. Rooted in a background in theatre and photography, her work includes site-specific installations, participatory interventions, and community-based events. Recent projects include Value Content/Valor Contenido, an exchange of small objects of value between residents of Philadelphia and Medellín, Colombia, and CBD (Chinese Business District), an installation and photography project that inserted visual memory into the built environment of what was once New Orleans’ Chinatown. Her work has been shown in the Philadelphia area at galleries such as the Painted Bride, Street Road Artists Space, Little Berlin, and the Esther Klein Gallery – but she has more often exhibited in alternative spaces such as street corners, empty lots, markets, libraries, and motels. Maria was a 2017 resident at RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residence) and received an MFA in Acting from Temple University. mariamoller.org