since 2019 – a member of The Estonian Artists Association

2019-2020 A Woman’s Work – Creative Europe Programme of the EU with Gallery of Photography Ireland
2018 APERTURE Photobook Award – shortlisted (‘You can call him another man’ book)
2018 Runner-Up Award at FOKUS Video Art Festival for ‘Test Shooting’ video work – Denmark
2016 UNSEEN Dummy Award, shortlisted with ‘You can call him another man’ dummy
2016 Top 10 in Dummy Award at Riga Self-Publish – Latvia, with ‘Reading Apocrypha’ (‘You can call him another man’)
2015 ‘Rock Your Dummy’ Award at Le PhotobookFest – Paris, shortlisted with ‘Reading Apocrypha’
2013 The Title Art Prize – Blank Media Collective – UK, shortlisted with ‘Fifty/Fifty’ & ‘I Am Usual Woman’
2011 SOTIRI Award for Young Photographers, nominated
2010 and 2008 PMI2 Award of British Council – Travel art grant for one month journey to India


2020 Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art – Gdansk, Poland
2017 Narva Art Residency – Estonia (with solo exhibition)
2017 Kaunas Photography Gallery Residency
2016 Kooshk Art Residency with Gasworks Triangle Network Fellowship – Tehran, Iran
2016 Narva Art Residency – Estonia
2015 FATHOM Residency at Four Corners & Film – London, UK
2014 Bridge Guard Art Residency – Štúrovo, Slovakia
2012 HIAP – TOKAMAK Art Residency – Helsinki, Finland


2020 British Council in Estonia – support of publication & launch of the artist book ‘Dream Is Wonderful, Yet Unclear’
2019 Cultural Endowment of Estonia – support of publication of the artist book ‘Dream Is Wonderful, Yet Unclear’
2018 STEP Travel Grant – European Cultural Foundation
2018 Cultural Endowment of Estonia – support of publication of the first artist book ‘You can call him another man’
2017 University of Michigan-Dearborn – a trip to Detroit for a collaborative research project with Ass.Professor Anna Muller
2017 British Council in Estonia – support of the Photo Month public program for the solo exhibition at Narva Art Residency
2017 Estonian Cultural Endowment – support of the production the solo exhibition at Narva Art Residency
2016 Triangle Network & Gasworks Fellowship to go to Kooshk Residency, Iran
2016 Estonian Cultural Endowment – fellowship for the two months at Narva Art Residency
2016 Estonian Gambling Tax Council – support of the production the work at Narva Art Residency
2014 GTKE / Samuel Harn Museum, Gainesville USA – exhibition of two ‘he, she, me’ (with artist Tomek Zerek)
2012 The Photographers’ Gallery, London – The World in London


2020 ‘Dream Is Wonderful, Yet Unclear’, published by Milda Books
2018 ‘You can call him another man‘, artist book in collaboration with Kaunas Photography Gallery
2017 ‘Cosmic Shift: Russian Contemporary Art Writing’, ed. Elena Zaytseva & Alex Anikina, ZED Books: London


2020 Gallery of Photography Ireland – a post-production of a video work ‘Group Photo.2017’
2018 Aspex Gallery: PONToon project – a collaborative work with a group of local women
2017 Open Eye Gallery: Culture Shifts – a community project with a group of women
2016 Knowle West Media Centre: VISION 20/20 – a new work for the 20th anniversary exhibition
2014 Harn Art Museum & University of Florida: he, she, me – a new work on Eastern European gender issues
2012 The Photographers’ Gallery:The World in London


Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum
Fotomuseum Winterthur


2020 VAFT: Video Art Festival Turku
2020 Stockholm School of Economics – Arts Initiatives Screenings
2019 Critical Tourism Studies Conference VIII
2018 Luminocity Video Art Festival, Canada
2018 Transcending species Transcending gender Transcending nations – Deptford Cinema, London
2018 FOKUS Video Art Festival – Copenhagen, Denmark
2017 NexT Film Festival – Bucharest, Romania
2017 Berlin Feminist Film Week – Germany
2017 Moving Image at ORGAN VIDA, Zagreb Croatia
2016 Bomb Factory’s Second Artist Film Festival – London, UK
2016 OPEN’16 Moving Image at Brighton Photo Fringe, UK
2016 F_Festival’s screening of the video work ‘ What Kind of Fame You Have’, Dublin Ireland




2020 ‘When the world blows up, I hope to go down dancing’ – Tallinn Art Hall Gallery,  Estonia (Sept 16 – Nov 8), curated by Siim Preiman
2020 ‘Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear’ – Sirius Art Centre, Cobh, Ireland (cancelled due to pandemic)
2020 ‘Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear’ – Gallery of Photography Ireland (cancelled and transferred online)
2020 ‘Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear’ – Vilnius Photography Gallery, Lithuania
2019 ‘Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear’ – Latvian Museum of Photography, Latvia
2019 ‘Test Shooting’ – Digital Art Space / CBS, Copenhagen, Denmark
2017 ‘Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear’ – Narva Art Residency, Estonia
2017 ‘I just knew…She’s been with me ever since’, Bialystok Poland
2015 ‘Interiors’ – Auckland Photography Festival – New Zealand
2015 ‘Interiors’ – Chobi Mela VIII International Festival of Photography – Bangladesh
2010 ‘Transformation’ – Narva Art Gallery, Estonia
2009 Call Me Early – ArtDepoo Contemporary Art Gallery, Tallinn Estonia (supported by British Council)


2020 Patterns: Kreenholm textile design 1963–2005 – Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design (Jan 30-July 31)

2019 May My Voice Now – curated by Elena Zaytseva, Pushkin House, London
2019 Industrialised – curated by Alex Zawadski, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery
2019 Photobooks from Baltic States – curated by Evita Goze, Belgrade, Serbia

2018 Field/s ONE – Sluice Art HQ, London, UK
2018 Transformations – 44 Contemporary Gallery, Bruges Belgium
2018 Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art
2018 Narratives Alongside Him – Kaunas Photo Gallery, Lithuania

2017 Dark Rooms:Photography and Beyond – 44 Contemporary Gallery, Bruges Belgium
2017 Desperate Artwives – London, UK
2017 he, she, me –  Oloman Gallery, Detroit USA
2017 HATCHED, The North Wall Gallery – Oxford UK
2017 The Censored Exhibition, Copenhagen Photo Festival – Denmark
2017 Leboudoir2.0 in Arles, France
2017 Circulation(s) on theme ‘Feminine’ at Voies Off, Arles France

2016 Between the lines – an artist’s books exhibition, curated by Archipelago/Magali Avezou at MATERIA – Rome, Italy
2016 Between the lines – an artist’s books exhibition, curated by Archipelago/Magali Avezou – London, UK
2016 Ouvrage, Twenty14 Contemporary, Milan Italy, curated by Magali Avezou
2016 Home For Two Days exhibition, Ahmedabad India
2016 Marry Me at One Goa Festival, Goa India
2016 The Photobook Exhibition at Athens Photo Festival, Greece

2015 FATHOM Residency exhibition – Four Corners Film, London UK
2015 Multimedia projects screening at Month of Photography in Minsk, Belarus
2015 The Space Around Me, curated by Tiiu Talvistu – Tartu Art Museum, Estonia
2015 LOOK/15: Exchange, curated by Anna Fox – Tate Liverpool

2014 Fotokunstimess – Tallinn, Estonia
2014 Celebrating Europe – Kaunas Photography Gallery – Kaunas, Lithuania
2014 Walls – Pushkin House, London UK
2014 he, she, me – Samuel Harn Museum, Gainesville USA (commissioned by GTKE, University of Florida)
2014 The Interior (PIX Quarterly 8) – Galerie Max Mueller, Mumbai India
2014 Guernsey Photo Festival – Guernsey, UK

2013 The Title Art Prize – BlankSpace, Manchester UK
2013 MAPS – Ambika P3, London UK (MA final show at University of Westminster)
2013 Contested Frequencies: The Position of a Woman – London, UK
2013 Format Festival – Derby, UK

2012 The World in London – The Photographers’ Gallery, London UK (Commission)
2012 Joyful Archipelago – Yinka Shonibare’s Project Space, London UK
2012 Photomonth Festival – Budapest, Hungary

2011 Travelling Light – Foyer Gallery, Farnham UK (Curator)
2011 Home-Made (Dialects4) – Pushkin House, London UK
2011 Sunny Side Up – Margate Photo Festival, UK (curated by Wandering Bears)

2010 Distant Closeup – Going global 4 conference (British Council) V&A Museum, London UK
2010 Fresh faced & Wild eyed – Photographer’s Gallery, London UK

2009 New Contemporaries – Fairfields Art Centre, Basingstoke UK
2009 Memory and Migration – Wall Gallery, Oldknows Studios, Nottingham UK
2009 Itchy Scratchy – Permanent Gallery, Brighton UK
2009 Eclectic – Old Truman Brewery, London UK
2009 Open Salon – The Viewfinder Photography Gallery, London UK

(click on the titles to read the articles or watch the videos)


Postimees: Interview  / video, by Maria Arusoo & Sten Ojavee (in Estonian)

ERR (Estonian Public Broadcasting): ‘Artist Maria Kapajeva exhibition explores societal pressures woman face’ (in English, Estonian and Russian)

Lenscratch: review of the book by Lisa McCarty

Yogurt Magazine: the book feature

Leporello bookshop (Italy) Blog, an interview 

‘The unspelled desires beyond women’s labour’ by Ilaria Sponda, Foto Femme United

The Irish Times, an article by Aidan Dunne ‘A tribute to working women launched online and a virtual gallery visit’ 

GUP Magazine, an article by Linda Zhengova

FLOAT magazine

YET magazine

Calvert journal, an article by Liza Premiyak

Birds in Flight magazine, an article by Lyolya Goldstein “Тестильное восприятие: проект о жизни ткачих” (in Russian)

OBJEKTIV magazine: on photobooks 


Unknown Gallery (in Russian)

The Fulcrum of the Perestroika Generation, review of the exhibition by Santa Remere / FK Magazine


Interview with Laura Hensser: ‘i heart women’ platform


Plekktrumm (The Tin Drumm) TV program on ETV2, October 2, 2017 (in Estonian and Russian)

Твой вечер (Your evening) TV program on ETV+, September 28, 2017 (in Russian)

Review of the solo exhibition (in Estonian): “Näitus, milleks on valmistutud kogu elu” by Marika Agu, POSTIMEES


Gasworks & Triangle Network: Fellowship – Maria Kapajeva at Kooshk, Iran

Interview with OPEN16 Moving Image artists Amak Mahmoodian & Maria Kapajeva

vendure engraved 2016 (4), edited by Jez Riley French

FK Magazine: video interview

Eesti Päevaleht (09/09/2016) ‘Industriaalses masinavärgis ei ole inimeste lugudel tähtsust’, Katariina Rebane. (in Estonian)

Klaasika Raadio (29/08/2016), interview with Ago Gaskov (in Estonian)

OSTSEE magazine, interview

Edge Of Humanity: The Thoughts of India’s Future Brides


Photoworks Annual: Women – article about my practice by Anna Fox

Interview by Karen Knorr for Global Archive Photography

DRY Magazine: ‘Russian mail-order brides and traditional quilts’ by Iren Asandi

GUP Magazine: Interiors

The Daily Star Bangladesh: an article ‘Seeing the Unseen’ by Anata Yusuf

Photojournalism Now blog

L’Oeil de la Photographie: New Zealand: 2015 Auckland Photo Festival

Fondazione Pitty Discovery: Project Room

‘Observations from several sides of the lens’ by Alexis Romano for Documenting Fashion blog, The Courtauld Institute of Art


n.paradoxa journal, vol 34: article by Joana Monbaron on the project Interiors

Interview by Sharon Boothroyd for Photoparley


Photoworks magazine: an article ‘Photography Family Politics’ by Benedict Burbridge

Re-View online magazine: The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman


since 2015  – Fellow of Higher Education Academy, UK
since 2009 – Associate Lecturer in Photography at University for the Creative Arts, Farnham UK
2018 – 2019 Tutor for Young artists – Parallel Platform 

Visiting Lecturer:

Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia
University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland
University of Konstanz, Germany
National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad India
St.Petersburg State Institute of Culture and Arts, Russia
FotoDepartament, St. Petersburg, Russia
Wimbeldon College of Arts, UAL, UK
London College of Communication, UAL, UK
Barking and Dagenham College (BA Photography course), London UK
Christ Church Canterbury University, UK
University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA


since 2019 – Member of Advisory Board of Narva Art Residency, Estonia
since 2015 – Curator of an ongoing online project One Image Story
since 2015  – Co-Editor of platform Fast Forward: Women in Photography , also leading @womeninphoto
2013-2020 Coordinator / Network Facilitator at Fast Forward: Women in Photography including:
– 2019 Fast Forward: How Do Women Work? conference at Tate Modern, UK
– 2019 Co-Editor of a special issue KATALOG magazine
– 2017-2019 – 6 research workshops in Brazil, USA, India, Nigeria, Finland & UK with Leverhulme International Network Grant
– 2017 Fast Forward: Women in Photography – Lithuanian Edition, UK (also co-curator of the conference)
– 2015 Fast Forward: Women in Photography conference at Tate Modern, UK
2013-2105 – Contributor to Global Archive Photography (GAP) online platform
2011-2012 – Curator of the exhibition ‘Travelling Light’ with 50 young artists – UK and India


2015 PGC: Learning and Teaching in the Creative Arts – University for the Creative Arts, UK
2013 MA Photographic Studies – University of Westminster, UK
2009 BA (Hons) Photography – University for the Creative Arts, Farnham UK
2000 BA (Hons) Economics and Business Administration – University of Tartu, Estonia