Maria Kapajeva

December 2016

Maria is a Russian artist from Estonia based in London who left her career in Economics behind and moved to the UK to get her BA and then MA in Photography at University of Westminster. She got the British Council PMI2 Award twice to produce new work in India. The Photographers’ Gallery for The World in London commissioned her in 2012 and she was shortlisted for The Title Art Prize in 2013. Her work has been exhibited internationally including Belfast, FORMAT, Guernsey and Chobi Mela VIII photo festivals and the recent shows at Harn Art Museum (Gainesville, USA) and at Kaunas Photography Gallery (Lithuania).

Together with her practice, Maria teaches at University for the Creative Arts at Farnham and became part of a research project there on women in photography (@womeninphoto), which culminates in a conference at Tate Modern in 2015

Recent Activities

Solo Exhibition
Narva Art Residency, Estonia (upcoming)
Auckland Photography Festival – New Zealand
Transformation – Narva Art Gallery, Estonia
Call Me Early – ArtDepoo Contemporary Art Gallery, Tallinn Estonia (supported by British Council)

Group Exhibition
Marry Me at One Goa Festival, Goa India
Between the lines – an artist’s books exhibition, curated by Archipelago/Magali Avezou – London, UK
Ouvrage, Twenty14 Contemporary, Milan Italy, curated by Magali Avezou
OPEN’16 Moving Image at Brighton Photo Fringe, UK
The Photobook Exhibition at Athens Photo Festival, Greece
Home For Two Days exhibition, Ahmedabad India
F_Festival’s screening of the video work ‘ What Kind of Fame You Have’, Dublin Ireland
FATHOM Residency exhibition – Four Corners Film, London UK
Multimedia projects screening at Month of Photography in Minsk, Belarus
The Space Around Me, curated by Tiiu Talvistu – Tartu Art Museum, Estonia
LOOK/15: Exchange, curated by Anna Fox – Tate Liverpool
Chobi Mela VIII International Festival of Photography – Bangladesh
Fotokunstimess – Tallinn, Estonia
Guernsey Photo Festival – Guernsey, UK
Celebrating Europe – Kaunas Photography Gallery – Kaunas, Lithuania
Walls – Pushkin House, London UK
he, she, me – Samuel Harn Museum, Gainesville USA (commissioned by GTKE, University of Florida)
The Interior (PIX Quarterly 8) – Galerie Max Mueller, Mumbai India


In her work Maria focuses on the issues of women representation in contemporary society and cultural and social stereotypes around that representation. In her practice she expands the borders of photography working also with found images, video and textile crafts.