Maria Pleshkova (b. 1986) is a multidisciplinary artist working in photography, video, and writing. 

Pleshkova graduated from the Law Faculty of Moscow State University, but her career in law wasn’t long because of her passion for art. Later, she studied Photojournalism at Moscow State University and Short film production at School of Visual Arts (Moscow). She attended the Eddie Adams Workshop (USA) and the International Summer School of Photography (Latvia). Also, constantly learning on her own has always been essential for Pleshkova. In the end, it was self-learning that foremost shaped her artistic practice. 

Pleshkova’s artworks have been shown internationally. Her works are part of the Tbilisi Photography & Multimedia Museum collection and of numerous private collections. 

Using her body as the primary medium, Pleshkova pushes the boundaries of self-portraiture. She says, “I’m a self-portrait artist. But in fact, I don’t aim to depict my physical appearance. I explore the transmutation of the human body (my body) into other forms.”

Her life and art are inseparably connected: she lives her life through her art, making intimate and self-revealing projects. She explores the Microcosm, the human universe, and certain moments of the highest intensity of life. Pleshkova’s projects are always autobiographical, but the autobiography is just an excuse to talk about things that are universal and common to all humankind. 

 

Education

2014 International Summer School of Photography - ISSP (Kuldīga, Latvia)

2012 José Bautista Workshop “Audiovisual possibilities of photo projects” (Moscow, Russia)

2012 The Eddie Adams Workshop (New York, USA) 

2011 Michael Ackerman Workshop (Moscow, Russia) 

2010-2011 School of Visual Arts (Moscow, Russia): Photojournalism course, Short film productions course   

2009-2010 Moscow State University, Faculty of Photojournalism 

2003-2008 Moscow State University, Faculty of Law 

 

Residencies  

December 2018 Cassis Artist Residency. Cassis, France 

October – November 2016 Cité Internationale des Arts. Paris, France 

November – December 2015 Cité Internationale des Arts. Paris, France 

November 2014 – February 2015 Cité Internationale des Arts (invited by the City of Paris). Paris, France 

 

Collections

Tbilisi Photography & Multimedia Museum (Tbilisi, Georgia) 

Private collections in Russia, France, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, USA, Canada 

 

Exhibitions and Festivals

2022 FILE (Electronic Language International Festival). Galeria de Arte do Sesi, São Paulo, Brazil 

2022 Experimental Film and Video 2022 Exhibition. Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (CICA), Gimpo, South Korea

2022 Mirror for a dream. Center of Photography ‘Mart’, Yekaterinburg, Russia 

2022 NFT Liverpool 2022. Adelia Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK

2022 NFT Pop-Up Gallery Downtown Zurich. Zurich, Switzerland

2022 So Far, So Near. LAi gallery, Gijón, Spain  

2022 It's Magic. A Beyond Experience. LoosenArt Gallery, Rome, Italy 

2020 Baltic Book Art Biennale. Saint Petersburg, Russia 

2020 Festival of Fine Arts (IFAF). Kranj, Slovenia

2019 Presence. Festival of contemporary photography. Saint Petersburg, Russia 

2019 International Meeting on Videodance and Videoperformance. Valencia, Spain 

2019 Digital Anthropologies. Berlin, Germany 

2018 Dualism. Baltic Book Art Biennale. Saint Petersburg, Russia 

2018 Salon de la Photo. Paris Expo. Paris, France 

2018 Art-project by Boris Grebeshikov (БГ–явления) at the Yusupov Palace. Saint Petersburg, Russia 

2018 Salon de Photographie Strasbourg. Strasbourg, France 

2017 Milano Photo Week (evening projection). Milan, Italy  

2017 Transizioni, International Festival of Multimedia. Bergamo, Italy  

2017 The Best of Russia: Winners Exhibition. Winzavod, Moscow, Russia

2016 Young Russian Photographers 2016: Finalists Exhibition. Puschino, Russia

2016 Evolution of Sight. 1991–2016. For the 25th anniversary of the Union of Photo Artists of Russia / Moscow Photo Biennale 2016. Manege, Moscow, Russia. 

2015 3rd Rulet. Multimedia projections in 15 cities of Russia and abroad. 

2015 Transizioni, International Festival of Multimedia. Bologna, Italy  

2015 La Quatrième Image. Photo Fair. Paris, France 

2015 Photovisa, International Festival of Photography. Krasnodar, Russia 

2015 Night of Photography (evening projection) at Tbilisi Photo Festival. Tbilisi, Georgia 

2015 Young Russian Photographers 2015: Finalists Exhibition. Puschino, Russia

2015 Photo Annual Awards: Winners’ Exhibition. Teplice, Czech Republic 

2014 Photography Open Salon. Collectors editions. A retrospective selection. London, UK 

2014 La Quatrième Image. Photo Fair. Paris, France 

2014 Night of Photography (evening projection) at Tbilisi Photo Festival. Tbilisi, Georgia 

2014 Selfie: self-portraits exhibition. Prague, Czech Republic

2014 Photo Annual Awards: Winners’ Exhibition. Teplice, Czech Republic 

2014 Silver Camera (best reportage about Moscow): Finalists Exhibition. Moscow, Russia 

2013 La Quatrième Image. Photo Fair. Paris, France 

2013 Circulation(s). Festival of young European photography. Paris, France

2012 Young Russian Photography 2012 2/2. Reality / Decorations. Saint-Petersburg, Russia

2012 Moscow International Festival ‘Femme Fest’: group exhibition ‘World Without Women’. Moscow, Russia

2012 Photography Open Salon Arles 2012. Arles, France 

2012 Young Russian Photographers 2012: Finalists Exhibition. Cheboksary, Russia

2012 PhotoBoloto and PhotoSakhar: Charmed by Churov Land Сhronicle. Moscow, Russia

2011 Seville European Film Festival, special section (short film “Nearest and Dearest”, stop motion  “Dreams”). Seville, Spain

2011 Young Russian Photographers 2011: Finalists Exhibition. Kazan, Russia

2011 Vladimir Vyatkin’s Students Exhibition. Moscow, Russia 

2010  Prague through the Eyes of Russian Photographers. Moscow, Russia

2010  New Names. Uglitch, Russia

 

Awards 

2017 Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3): Bronze Prize - Professional Fine Art Digitally Enhanced

2016 Dostoevsky Photography List (the list of 50 most interesting contemporary photographers according to Dostoevsky Photography Society, Netherlands)

2015 Photovisa, International Festival of Photography: First Prize in Multimedia Section

2015 Young Russian Photographers 2015: Laureate

2015 Photo Annual Awards: Honorable Mention

2014 International Photography Awards: Honorable mentions

2014 Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3): Silver Prize - Fine Art 

2014 Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3): Bronze Prize - Portraiture 

2014 Photo Annual Awards: Honorable Mentions 

2013 La Quatrième Image. Photo fair prize: 2nd prize 

2013 International Photography Awards: Honorable mentions

2013 American Photography 29 

2013 China International Press Photo Contest: Honorable mention - War & Disaster News Stories

2013 China International Press Photo Contest: Honorable mention - General News Stories 

2012 International Photography Awards: Honorable Mention

2012 The Inge Morath Award: Finalist 

2012 Young Russian Photographers 2012: Laureate

2012 China International Press Photo Contest: Gold prize - Nature & Environment News Stories

2012 China International Press Photo Contest: Bronze prize - Art Culture & Entertainment News Stories