Based in: Taipei
Born in Russia, her experience is particularly diverse, falling between research projects for the Swiss landscape to an exhibition at the Italian National Museum of 21st Century Arts on the impact of new energysystems, then teaching architecture and knowledge of space to the children with the Finnish school ARKKI, and working for design practices in Moscow (Russia), Mendrisio (Switzerland), Genova, Milan (Italy), Baku (Azerbaijan), and Taipei (Taiwan). This interdisciplinary background, as well as exposure to different cultures, has finally raised her interest in photography. Interested in the atmospheric, gaseous, and liquid aspects of reality that inform the aesthetic experience of vision, Maria Lezhnina is an architect and visual artist, working with photography and other visual media. While she has been exhibited in Taiwan, Japan, Italy and Switzerland, her most famous series, ‘untitled climates’ investigates new ways of landscape photography, elaborating on climate as what defines the landscape.
2019 Lishui Artist Village, Lishui, upcoming October
2019 Auction Center, Taipei, upcoming August
2019 I Never Read Basel, Kaserne, Basel
2018 台北製造 / Made in Taipei, Onfoto, Taipei
2018 In Balance - Taiwan, Hua Nan Commercial Bank Corporate Plaza Lobby, Taipei
2018 In Balance - Italy, Torre di Ligny, Trapani, Palazzo Borromeo, Milano
2018 草山氛—土與空氣的詩 / Air&Clay, URS27M, Taipei
2018 The City is Tapestry, Umkt - JUT Foundation for the Arts and Architecture, Taipei
2017 Unknown Asia photography exhibition, DMO Arts gallery, Osaka
2017 アンノウン・アジアの写真 Unknown Asia Art Exchange, Herbis Hall, Osaka
2017 Independent Tokyo, Hulic Hall, Tokyo
2017 Wonderfotoday Awards 2017 exhibition, G.Gallery, Taipei
2017 Wonderfotoday, Huashan 1914 Creative Park, Taipei
awards / residency / comissions:
2019 Lishui Artist Village, upcoming
2019 ISSP, Photography and the World, Riga
2019 Pahparn Sirima Chaipreechawit Award, Wonderfotoday Taipei
2019 Visuals for Taiwan Creative Expo
2018 Jury for Onfoto photography competition Made in Taipei
2017 Ryoko Kodo Award, Independent Tokyo
2017 Ishibashi Koki Award, Independent Tokyo
2017 Yoshihiro Taniguchi Award, Wonderfotoday Taipei
publications / interviews / talks:
2019 Everything grows everywhere, I Never Read Art Book Fair, Basel
2019 Islands, Exhibition Catalog, List Lab, Barcelona
2018 Photography is Art Magazine 4, Hong Kong
2018 The City is Tapestry, Exhibition Catalog, JUT Foundation U-mrkt, Taipei
2018 台北製造 / Made in Taipei, Onfoto Studio, Taipei
2017 Unknown Asia Photography, published by Yoshihiro Taniguchi, DMO Arts, Osaka
2018 Interview in Wonderfotoday Platform, Taipei
Nature, science, everyday life and different ways we inhabit space.
Olafur Eliasson has been an inspiration for a long time. Kazuyo Sejima, since I started studying design. Because I’m curious how music can affect the way we see, I see the album Cast of Mind by Kali Malone as a good match for my inspiration.
I like to visit and participate the Art Fairs, interacting with fellow artists and curators.
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