Thursday, 1 August 2013

Mariya Kozhanova


"I like to work with photography. I love the way how it reflects the world. And I love how it singles out the main essence. Because the most important thing is not what is there, it matters what you are looking at and what you are seeing."

Mariya Kozhanova was born in 1986 in Kaliningrad, Russia. She started with photography classes at the Kaliningrad Union of Photographers, studying analogue camera techniques. 

Her exhibitions include Entropy 9 (2008) in the German-Russian House in Kaliningrad; Under the Glass (2009), a group exhibition of contemporary Russian photography held at Selena Gallery, Long Island University, New York; and I Look at the Window (2010) at Galerie Axel Obiger in Berlin.
Mariya participated in the Houston FotoFest (2012) and Bratislava Month of Photography (2012) with a group exhibition of the Young Generation of Russian Photography. In the year 2013, she was presented with a special project during the 5th Foto Exhibition in Seoul, South Korea. She is a first prize winner of Fotomania 2011, the Baltic Biennale of Photography. Her works were published in several Russian regional magazines and in SHOTS magazine in Minneapolis.

“I like to show the fragility and hidden beauty in our world. I am catching something that surrounds us every day, but needs to be carefully discovered.”

 Mariya has also participated in the photoboite project, 30 UNDER 30 Women Photographers, a project dedicating to promoting female photographers under 30. 

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