Maria Kapajeva

Researcher & Project Manager

Maria Kapajeva is an Estonian artist who is based in London. Her work often highlights peripheral histories, focusing on the representation of women. She got her BA in Photography at The University for the Creative Arts (UCA, Farnham) and her MA in Photographic Studies at The University of Westminster (London). Her work was internationally exhibited including the most recent: Finnish Museum of Photography (2021), Tallinn Art Hall (2020), Lithuanian Gallery of Photography (2020), Latvian Museum of Photography (2019), CBS Digital Art Space (Denmark, 2019), RIBOCA Biennial (Latvia, 2018), Kaunas Photography Gallery (Lithuania, 2018), Narva Art Residency (Estonia, 2017), WOAK Gallery (Poland, 2017), Detroit Oloman Gallery (USA, 2017). Her video works participated at VAFT (Finland, 2020, Luminocity Festival (Canada, 2018), NexT Film Festival (Romania, 2017) and Berlin Feminist Film Week (2016). In 2019-2020 she was awarded with A Woman’s Work: Creative European Programme grant. In 2018 she won the Runner-Up Award at FOKUS Video Art Festival, Denmark and in 2016 she got a Gasworks & Triangle Network Fellowship to work at Kooshk Residency in Tehran. Kapajeva’s first artist book You can call him another man, published by Kaunas Photography Gallery, was shortlisted for Aperture Photobook Award 2018. Her second book Dream Is Wonderful, Yet Unclear has just been published by Milda Books. Since 2019 Maria Kapajeva is a Member of Estonian Artists’ Association. She teaches at UCA and other universities and since 2015 she is HEA Fellow.