Maria Karpushina

  • Born in Voronezh, USSR, lives and works in Berlin

Maria navigates and tracks stories back within the incrustation of doubt and poetry. In this journey, she explores connections between language, translation, power structures and traces of oppression, abuse and inequality that are inherently part of her reading of the world.

She has an interest not only in assembling ideas about epistemology but also to live the experience of putting aside one own relationship with expertise and constantly engaging with “what we own as a knowledge”. Overall, her strategy to use various formats and media that have been defined by daily life and contributed to her practice as an artist.

Her artistic practice is characterized by an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates collective and experimental interaction.

  • 2019 - 2020 MFA (Meisterschülerin) in Fine Arts by Prof. Natascha Sadr Haghighian University of the Arts Bremen, GE
  • 2013 - 2019 Diplom in Fine Arts by Prof. Natascha Sadr Haghighian and Prof. Jean François Guiton University of the Arts Bremen, GE
  • 2017 DAAD ISAP – Exchange program
  • School of Fine Arts and Music (SOFAM) University of Guelph, CA
  • 2002 - 2008 Diplom in Applied Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics Voronezh State University, RU

professional development and practice

  • 2018 - now
  • Reseracher and co-curator at the collective Research and Waves which explores the area between curatorial practice and artistic methodology, including events, online formats and record releases.
  • Event series I can‘t hear you at Changing Room, Berlin, GE (ongoing) Event series One Day Studio, Bremen, GE (ongoing)
  • ATTUNE and RAW06, Record release at Changing Room, Berlin, GE RAW07, Record release at Künstlerhaus Neuhaus, GE
  • RAW05, Record release at Savvy Contemporary, Berlin, GE
  • Transparencies RAW04, Record release and group exhibition at Feldfünf, Berlin, GE
  • Transparencies: Prelude I I at Feldfünf for CTM Transmediale Vorspiel, Berlin, GE
  • Transparencies: Prelude I at Galerie Kubo, Bremen,
  • 2017
  • GENewscrew member at Singing Yesterday’s News Again by Natascha Sadr Haghighian and Nicholas Bussmann, SAVVY FUNK, documenta14 Radio/Deutschlandfunk Radio
  • Savvy Contemporary, Berlin, GE
  • 2016
  • Internship at Kunstpreise der Böttcherstraße, Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, GE

selected exhibitions

  • 2021
  • 44. Bremer Förderpreis für Bildene Kunts, Städtische Galerie Bremen, Bremen, GE
  • 2020
  • Shunted Sculptures Fleeting Words, Weserburg, Bremen, GE
  • Anybody out there?! 100 Jahre Radio in Deutschland, D21 Kunstraum, Leipzig, GE
  • Bridge V, Hopscotch Reading Room, Berlin, GE
  • 2019
  • Accidentally on purpose, Künstlerhaus Güterbahnhof, Bremen, GE 2018
  • 2018
  • Beirut Travelogue,ZEFAK ida green, Bremen, GE
  • Gruppenbild, Kulturkirche St. Stephani, Bremen, GE
  • 2017
  • Artists‘ Books for Everything, Zentrum für Künstlerpublikationen, Weserburg, Bremen, GE
  • Anachronism 10946, Spedition, Bremen, GE and MS Stubnitz, Hamburg, GE
  • 2016
  • Keep ‚n touch – Break I-III, Zavitz Gallery, Guelph, CA
  • I Just Brushed My Teeth, Kellinggasse 8, Vienna, AT
  • 2015
  • Lack of Transmission, 857 Lansdowne Ave, Toronto, CA and North End Studios, Detroit, USA
  • Flatlands, Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst e.V., Bremen, GE
  • Zeitfenster, Domshof 9-12, Bremen, GE Anachronism 10946, Spedition, Bremen, GE and MS Stubnitz, Hamburg, GE


2020 J-first earworm, Schnelle musikalische Hilfe, Senaps Festival Radio Lab(online) grid on Green – grid on Pink, Bridge(online/print)

Voicing insects, BEHIND SHELVES, SAVVYZɅɅR(online) Accounts on roots, BEHIND SHELVES, SAVVYZɅɅR (online)

2019 Exile. Exhale. Exit. Projection. Preparation. Packing. with Natalia Acevedo-Ferreira, Jasmina Al-Qaisi, Andreea Bellu, Matei Bellu, Elisabeth Rändel, Ralf Wendt.

Live Broadcast from Hasenheide Park, Berlin, GE to Moonah Community Radio by sistersakousmatica, Tasmania, AU(online)

Recipes, Kitchen Codex by Patrik Cruz

2017 Journey Through Dialogs And Anxiety with Jasmina Al-Qaisi, Jan Glockner, Gustavo Mendez Lopez. Open mic at LONGRADIONIGHT, SAVVYFunk, documenta14, Berlin, GE

Into blue yonder, The One Minutes Series ‘Intimate Technology’, curated by Next Nature Network


2022 Kickstarter. Nuestart Kultur - STIFTUNGKUNSTFOUNDS 2021 INITIAL Special Grant - Akademie der Künste

Research and Waves: Nuestart Kultur - STIFTUNGKUNSTFOUNDS 2021, 2020, 2018, 2017

Research and Waves: Senator für Kultur der Freien Hansestadt Bremen 2016 DAAD-ISAP Scholarship

Related Lab(s): COAPPARATION (2019-2022)

Related Publication(s): COAPPARATION I, II, III