I work primarily in photography and film. The work is often influenced by my context - my relationship to place and where I sit within the world.
I was born in the Soviet Union - the country that no longer exists. From an early age, I was pushed into the
highly competitive world of rhythmic gymnastics and later into an even more competitive world of modelling.
These experiences underpin the themes that are explored in my work - questions of beauty, territory, identity and belonging, fear and rejection.

My photographic work has been featured during Hamburg Photo Triennale, Unseen Photo Fair (Amsterdam) in
collaboration with Futures photography and Calvert Journal, and been published in Dazed Magazine, Dazed Beauty, the Calvert Journal, Bird in Flight and elsewhere. I am a Futures talent (2020) and FreshEyes talent (2021).
My recent film work includes the documentary feature “Harmony”, exploring the gender roles in Russian society through sport, which had a world premiere at CPH:DOX (Copenhagen), UK premiere in Sheffield DOC/FEST (Sheffield) and Russian Premiere at ARTDOC Fest (Moscow).


@Maria Babikova2024