Marina Istomina (b.1993) is a young visual artist working with studies of memory, trauma and particularly with the traumatic experience. Her practice often based on interviews and archives, embodied through visual images. Originally hailing from Ust-Kut, the region of Irkutsk (Russia, Siberia), she is currently based in Moscow. In 2015 she graduated from the faculty of Cultural Studies, now Marina is a laboratory participant of the School of Modern Photography "Docdocdoc" (Saint-Petersburg, Russia). Istomina’s projects were shown at various cities of Russia – Omsk, Krasnoyarsk, Saint-Petersburg, Kaluga, Tula. She is a finalist of the Calvert Journal’s Makers of Siberia Special Jury Prize 2019 and The New East Photo Prize 2020.

Education 

2018 - 2020

School of Modern Photography "Docdocdoc"

Summer Curatorial School ‘Curating in digital’ (Vladivostok School of Contemporary Art, Goethe-Institut)

 2020

2018

School of photography "FineArt" (Studio photography course)

2011 - 2015

Bachelor of Cultural Studies 

Awards & Participation

2020

finalist: The New East Photo Prize

2020

short-listed: FORMAT Photography Festival

2020

short-listed: Athens Photo Festival

2020

finalist: Blurring the Lines

2020

finalist: The Russian young photographers-2020

2020

short-listed: KosMost (Festival of Modern Photography in Kostroma)

2019

Finalist: Makers of Siberia Photo Prize, Russia

2019

Short-listed: international Photography Grant

2019

Nominee: Bird in Flight Prize ‘19 — Panasonic Readers’ Choice Award

Group exhibitions 

2020

The Russian young photographers-2020 (Kaluga, Russia)

2020

“Krysha“. Museum center of Krasnoyarsk World Square (Krasnoyarsk)

2019

In appartment N all the Kunststücks are taken seriously, ZGA Gallery, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

2019

Siberia. Presence,

Art of Omsk Museum, Omsk, Russia

Publications

2020

Suffocation, Marina Istomina, PHROOM Magazine

2020

The New East photo prize 2020 shortlist – in pictures, The Guardian

2020

Suffocation portfolio, Urbanautica

2020

A Siberian photographer contemplates life in an isolated place, The Calvert Journal

2020

Krysha. Why photographer did the project about dead criminal group? Verbludvogne 

2020

Something about 2000-s, Republic

2019

Siberia's mighty forests are ablaze: is photography futile in the face of such disaster? The Calvert Journal

2019

Suffocation. Fire in Irkutsk region, Republic

2019

Protection, International Photography Grant

2019