Marika Kochiashvili was born in Georgia, trained as a journalist and is a photographer and visual storyteller based in London. She made her first short fiction film in 2017, exploring female sexuality. This marked a shift in her photographic approach. Marika uses photography as a medium for artistic expression. Her work challenges expectations of queerness and gender.
She is currently working on the series of nudes - Being Loved Isn’t Easy For You where the camera acts like a screen: it is a mirror of her own feelings about her body and sexuality. She seeks to capture the raw emotion, passion and connection of her subjects within themselves. She observes them and through them she observes herself.
Alongside the nudes series, Marika is developing a project - The Fear of the Nipple - a celebration of femininity and a direct assault on the misogynistic system that shamed her growing up as a queer adolescent in Tbilisi, Georgia.
2020 March - "QUEER ART(ist) NOW" - A selection of work documenting queer communities in London, Hackney, London
2020 February - "Queer(ing) Space" - A selection of work from the series Being Loved Isn't Easy for You, Hackney, London
2019 October - "Riposte" A selection of work from the series Being Loved Isn't Easy for You by the Riposte team, Tottenham Grow, London
2012: MA Digital Journalism, Goldsmiths University of London
2009: MA Media and Communication Management, GIPA