Marina Istomina (b. 1993, Ust-Kut, Irkutsk Oblast) is an artist working with studies of memory, trauma and particularly with traumatic experience. Her practice often based on interviews and archives, embodied through visual images. In 2015 she graduated in Cultural Studies from the Higher School of Economics (Moscow) and in 2019 she completed the course Experiences of Contemporary Photography at Docdocdoc School of Contemporary Photography (St. Petersburg). Exhibitions include: In the N apartment, all tricks are taken seriously, ZGA Gallery, St. Petersburg (2019); MoS Photo Prize, Art of Omsk City Museum (2019); Young Artists That Oksana Budulak and Sanya Zakirov Liked This Winter, Ploshchad Mira Museum Center, Krasnoyarsk (2020); and Young Photographers of Russia 2020, Innovative Cultural Center, Kaluga; Exhibition Hall, Tula (2020), Assuming the Distance: Speculations, Fakes and Predictions in the Age of the Coronacene (Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow). She is a winner of The Calvert Journal Makers of Siberia Special Jury Prize (2019), the New East Photo Prize (2020), and the Competition Krakow ShowOFF Section at Krakow Photomonth Festival (2021). She lives and works in Ust-Kut and Moscow.

Education 

 2020

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

2018 - 2020

School of Modern Photography "Docdocdoc"

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