Marika was born in Georgia and is a photographer and a visual storyteller based in London. She has always been interested in visual media as a way of storytelling. This interest evolved gradually while working as a photojournalist at a weekly news magazine in Georgia more than ten years ago, and developed while studying and working as a photo editor.
Marika made her first short fiction film in 2017 and this process marked a
shift in her photographic approach - she began using photography as a
medium for artistic exploration and started to shoot on film.
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 series of photographs of a woman flashing in a variety of public spaces. The project is a protest and a reaction to the shame and pain inflicted upon her during her childhood and adolescence by the Orthodox Georgian Church, primarily dominated and run by patriarchal system. It is a celebration of femininity and a direct assault on the patriarchy.
2019 October - Being Loved Isn't Easy for You, Riposte, Tottenham Grow, London
2012: MA Digital Journalism, Goldsmiths University of London
2009: MA Media and Communication Management, GIPA