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Maria Lezhnina`s 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 energy systems, 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 has made her interested in cross cultural reading of space. Indeed, her work aims at altering perception of the environment that it inhabits, either through reflexive physicality or unusual architectural structure, being characterised by a deep-rooted interest in the relationship between architecture, landscape and human perception. She previously lectured at Huafan University, and was involved in didactic activities at Shih Chien University, Taipei.

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recent exhibitions: 

2023 Forms of Arrangement 佈局, IT Park, Taipei - solo exhibition

2022 The 31st Anniversary Group Exhibition - 
Encounter, light infiltrates slowly into the cornea
, Galerie Pierre, Taichung - group exhibition

2021 Artist in Residency Program Exhibition, Taitung Art Museum, Taitung

2021 Something about Fuzhong, curated by Xue Xue Foundation - group exhibition

2020 Starry Winter Night, 嘉俬房 & other Art things, Taipei - group exhibition

2020 戀戀仲夏 Summer of love at 嘉俬房 & other Art things, Taipei - solo exhibition

2020 36 hours of artist`s cinemas, 台北當代藝術中心 Taipei Contemporary Art Center, Taipei - screening

2020 茶香流動, Xinfangchun Tea Shop Dadaocheng, Taipei - installation 

2020《氣候. 無名》瑪莉.利茲尼娜攝影發表 (已額滿) curated by FLOW at Understory, Taipei - solo exhibition

2020 曠野 Through the wildness, Jing Lü Art Gallery, Taipei - group exhibition

2019 人的星球 The Planet of Human, Lishui International Photography Festival, Art 35, Lishui - group exhibition

2019 Taipei Art Book Fair, Taipei - fair

2019 Contemporary Photography & Video Art Salon, Auction Center, Taipei - group exhibition

2019 I Never Read Basel, Kaserne, Basel, as part of parallel program at Art Basel - fair

2019 臺灣文博會 On the Move, Taiwan Creative Expo, Taipei - key visuals

2018 台北製造 / Made in Taipei, Onfoto Gallery, Taipei - group exhibition

2018 In Balance - Taiwan, Hua Nan Commercial Bank Corporate Plaza Lobby, Taipei - group exhibition

2018 In Balance - Italy, Torre di Ligny, Trapani / Palazzo Borromeo, Cesano Maderno - group exhibition
- group exhibition

2018 草山氛—土與空氣的詩 / Air&Clay, URS27M, Taipei - solo exhibition

2018 The City is Tapestry, Umkt - JUT Foundation for the Arts and Architecture, Taipei - group exhibition

2017 Unknown Asia photography exhibition, DMO Arts gallery, Osaka - group exhibition

2017 アンノウン・アジアの写真 Unknown Asia Art Exchange, Herbis Hall, Osaka - fair

2017 Independent Tokyo, Hulic Hall, Tokyo - fair

2017 Wonderfotoday Awards 2017 exhibition, G.Gallery, Taipei - group exhibition

2017 Wonderfotoday, Huashan 1914 Creative Park, Taipei - fair

awards and grants:

2019 Pahparn Sirima Chaipreechawit Award, Wonderfotoday, Taipei

2017 Ryoko Kodo Award, Independent Tokyo, Tokyo

2017 Ishibashi Koki Award, Independent Tokyo, Tokyo

2017 Yoshihiro Taniguchi Award, Wonderfotoday, Taipei

2011 Grant of President of Tatarstan Republic, Kazan

2010 Grant of Kazan Mayor in the field of Architecture, Kazan


2021 Taitung Art Museum, Taitung

2019 Lishui Artist Village residency, Art35 Hotel, Zhejiang Province


2019 Islands / In Balance, List Lab, Barcelona - exhibition catalog

2018 Photography is Art Magazine 4, Hong Kong - review

2018 The City is Tapestry, JUT Foundation U-mrkt, Taipei - exhibition catalog

2017 Unknown Asia Photography, DMO Arts, Osaka
- exhibition catalog

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artificial swimming pool, artist book, 100 pages, 2018

The book collects the outcomes of a research about the artificial environments, that took a swimming pool as the site of investigation. In particular, a photographic series that documents varying atmospheres during the annual refilling of water is showcased. In this, the effects given by the artificial variations of humidity, light, and temperature on air are at stake. In this sense, it is a study of space today, a time we can control climate and the elements, but also a narrative with an atmospheric climax. Indeed, at the end, the air of the pool is saturated. Due to the absence of a traditional character in the narration, the book aims to challenge the idea of the subject in the context of representation and the arts. While it is suggested that the atmosphere per se can be a subject today, the boundary where objects stop and the environment starts is put into question.