Maria Kapajeva is an artist who works between the UK and Estonia. Her work often highlights peripheral histories and unspoken stories, focusing on the representation of women. Her work was internationally exhibited including the most recent: The Finnish Museum of Photography (2021), The Tallinn Art Hall Gallery (2020), Lithuanian Gallery of Photography (2020) and Latvian Museum of Photography (2019). Her video works screened at VAFT (Finland, 2020), Luminocity Festival (Canada, 2018), NexT Film Festival (Romania, 2017) and Berlin Feminist Film Week (2016).
In 2019 she was awarded with A Woman’s Work grant with Creative Europe Program, 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 (Iran).
Her 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, published by Milda Books in 2020, received Krazsna-Krausz Photo Book Award. Currently Kapajeva does her practice-based PhD at Estonian Academy of Arts. www.mariakapajeva.com