Born in Russia, her 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 energysystems, 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, as well as exposure to different cultures, has finally raised her interest in photography. Interested in the atmospheric, gaseous, and liquid aspects of reality that inform the aesthetic experience of vision, Maria Lezhnina is an architect and visual artist, working with photography and other visual media. While she has been exhibited in Taiwan, Japan, Italy and Switzerland, her most famous series, ‘untitled climates’ investigates new ways of landscape photography, elaborating on climate as what defines the landscape. 

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recent exhibitions: 

2019 Lishui Artist Village, Lishui, upcoming October

2019 Contemporary Photography & Video Art Salon, Auction Center, Taipei

2019 I Never Read Basel, Kaserne, Basel

2018 台北製造 / Made in Taipei, Onfoto, Taipei

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

2018 In Balance - Italy, Torre di Ligny, Trapani, Palazzo Borromeo, Milano

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

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

2017 Unknown Asia photography exhibition, DMO Arts gallery, Osaka

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

2017 Independent Tokyo, Hulic Hall, Tokyo

2017 Wonderfotoday Awards 2017 exhibition, G.Gallery, Taipei

2017 Wonderfotoday, Huashan 1914 Creative Park, Taipei

awards / residency / comissions:

2019 Lishui Artist Village, upcoming

2019 ISSP, Photography and the World, Riga

2019 Pahparn Sirima Chaipreechawit Award, Wonderfotoday Taipei

2019 Visuals for Taiwan Creative Expo 

2018 Jury for Onfoto photography competition Made in Taipei

2017 Ryoko Kodo Award, Independent Tokyo

2017 Ishibashi Koki Award, Independent Tokyo

2017 Yoshihiro Taniguchi Award, Wonderfotoday Taipei

publications / interviews / talks:

2019 On The Rise, The Artling, Singapore

2019 How`s the weather? Radio Show by Tzu Huan Lin & Campbell Watson, Talking Drums, Taipei

2019 Everything grows everywhere, I Never Read Art Book Fair, Basel 

2019 Islands, Exhibition Catalog, List Lab, Barcelona

2018 Photography is Art Magazine 4, Hong Kong

2018 The City is Tapestry, Exhibition Catalog, JUT Foundation U-mrkt, Taipei

2018 台北製造 / Made in Taipei, Onfoto Studio, Taipei

2017 Unknown Asia Photography, published by Yoshihiro Taniguchi, DMO Arts, Osaka


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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.