Maria Kokunova (b.1983, Armavir, Russia), an interdisciplinary artist, works with photography, collage, appropriation images and document performance art. Lives and works in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.


The issue of personal identity as a philosophical category and a psychological concept, and the mechanism of subject constitution fall within the main sphere of her interests. In her works she focuses on self-reflexivity and searches for visual solutions to be used for exploring and conceptualizing borderline emotional and psychological states, constructing affective experience, and experimenting with identity. 

Awards (selected):

2021 - Riga Photomonth 2021;

2020 - Sony World Photography Awards Professional competition's Discovery category - winner;

2020 - The Top 250 PHmuseum Stories;

2020 - Nominee of International Photography Grant TALENTS OF THE YEAR 2020 (The Cave series);

2020 - Nominee of International Photography Grant TALENTS OF THE YEAR 2020 (The Collector series);

2020 - Riga Photomonth 2020 - shortlist;

2020 - Shortlist for 'Sacred. The Expirience of beyond’ by Urbanautica;

2019 - New Talents, PEP, Berline, Germany;

2019 - Bird in Flight Prize '19 shortlist for the special nomination  Editor`s choice;

2018 - Selected author of “ULTRA // UNPRECEDENTED CHRONICLES”, Sedici, Prato, Italy;

2017 - Nominee of PhotogrVphy Grant in Conceptual category;

2014 - Nominee of MIFA (Moscow International Foto Awards)


Solo shows:

2021 – The Collector, ART WEEKEND/Curatorial Forum, Bertholdt Centre, Saint-Petersburg;

2020 - The Cave, WALL-online;

2014 - Art centre Borey, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Group shows:

2021 - Vertical Estrangement, 1.201asc&White Room Foundation, Saint-Petersburg;

2021 - Krasnenkaya biennale, Saint-Petersburg;

2021 - City`s Autobiography, FFTN, Saint-Petersburg;

2020 – Object № 4, FFTN, Saint-Petersburg;

2020 - Transitions, PEP, Peinture Fraîche, Brussel;

2019 - NEW TALENTS, Tete, Berlin, Germany;

2019 - PRESENCEFESTIVAL, Sevcableport, Saint-Petersburg;

2019 - PHOTOBOOKZINEPRINTPRESSFEST, Bertholdt Centre, Saint-Petersburg;

2018 - ULTRA // UNPRECEDENTED CHRONICLES, Sedici, Prato, Italy.

2017 – Intervention in the hotel "Avent Inn Nevsky" – Exhibition The Feeling of Home, Saint-Petersburg, Russia;


Group online-shows:

2020 - Black box, WALL-online;

2020 - HOME Museum, LagosPhoto, Nigeria;

2020 - Sony World Photo Awards 2020 online winners-gallery;

2020 - OBJET № 4, WALL- online;

2019 - An Other Person Diary, WALL-online;



2020 – the author of the multi-authored newspaper OBJECT № 4;

2017 - the author of the multi-authored «City`s Autobiography».

Publications (selected):

FK Magazine Error;

The Edge of Humanity Magazine;


Fisheye Magazine;


CTypeMag vol.2;


Yogurt Magazine;




Bird in Flight; 

L'Oeil de la Photographie;



Humble Arts Foundation;

FK Magazine;

Float Photo Magazine;




Der Greif;

Bird In Flight;

Don’t Take Pictures;

Dodho Magazine;

The Lucky Jotter;



Have been studying in The Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia (Transmedia laboratory) since 2020.

2019 - A personal course Intellect or Susceptibility by Ekaterina Vasilyeva, Saint-Petersburg, Russia;

2019 - Educational program with Nadezhda Sheremetova Photography and new niches, Foundation FotoDepartament, Saint-Petersburg, Russia;

2018-2019 - A personal course The Diary of the Other by Ekaterina Vasilyeva;

2017 - 2018 - Educational program with Nadezhda Sheremetova "Overcoming photography", Foundation FotoDepartament, Saint-Petersburg, Russia;

2017 - 2018 - A personal course The Autobiography of the City by Ekaterina Vasilyeva, Saint-Petersburg, Russia;
2017 - A personal course The Feeling of Home by Ekaterina Vasilyeva, Photo School St. Petersburg photographer, Saint-Petersburg, Russia;
2017 - Workshops, Foundation FotoDepartament, Saint-Petersburg, Russia;
2016 - A course of lectures by Ekaterina Vasilyeva Photography as art. Genres of photography from the point of view of the 21st century, the "Art of PhotoGallery", Saint-Petersburg, Russia;
2015 – 2016 - "Fotokunst" – Nadja Kuznetsova`s photo school, Saint-Petersburg, Russia;
2014 - 2016 - A personal course of Dmitry Konradt, Saint-Petersburg, Russia;
2013 - 2015 - Educational Foundation St Petersburg photographic workshops, Saint-Petersburg, Russia;
2000 - 2005 - Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University, Pyatigorsk, Russia.


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