Elizaveta Podgornaia



Coming a long way from academical education of painting and drawing in Russia, design schools and photography studies in Germany, Elizaveta has settled in a very individualistic artistic practice, which is based on the special feature of photographic medium to always have a connection to an existing reality. By acting as a painter and a sculptor first, she creates a unique reality, which will be fixed only in her photographic images. So, she investigates how the classical artistic media influence each other and how the borders between them melt away nowadays. The viewer is confronted by the ordinary fabric material which is however abstracted from its haptic characteristics by the means of photography without becoming actually abstract.
The analysis of human perception and the wish for people to think more about our visual culture and its manipulation is the basis for Elizaveta Podgornaia’s work.




Ausstellungsansicht NO COLOURS ON THE SURFACE, Galerie Rudolf Leeb, 2019




2013 – 2017 Bachelor of Arts (Photography) mentored by Prof. Gisela Bullacher and Prof. Christopher Muller, Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen

2016 – 2017 internship by Florian Ebner, Photography Collection at Museum Folkwang, Essen

2011 – 2012 B.A. Kommunikationsdesign at Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen

2008 – 2011 Design Diploma at Art Industry Academy, St. Petersburg




  • Absent, Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna


  • Etwas ganz Spontanes wie es aussieht, Raum Z13, Essen
  • Weil Ihre Gesundheit unser Anliegen ist (duo with Nils Limberg), Post Tyler, Köln


  • exhibition for the NRW.BANK Award, Düsseldorf
  • Few Meters of Finitude, Akademie der Bildenen Künste, Stuttgart


  • Don‘t Wear Your Grandma‘s Bra, Please, Baustelle Schaustelle, Essen
  • eine Robbe, die sich die Schwanzflosse putzt, (duo with Susanne            
     Mierzwiak), Galerie 52, Essen
  • Seeing Things, (part of OFF-FOTO Festival), C-HUB, Mannheim
  • Fiberish, Miami Beach Urban Studios, Miami 
  • When I Close My Eyes, I See the Bloody Rainbow, KUMA Museum, Seoul 


    • folkwang*inside in cooperation with C.A.R., SANAA Building, Essen
    • БЛИКBLICK (group work), Kunstverein Essen-Werden, Essen


    • Stadt/Raum/Objekt, Forum Kunst & Architektur, Essen 
    • Fact and Fiction, Galerie 52, Essen



    • 2019 NicOtiNe digital, New York
    • 2017 The Great Infinity Pool Vol. 3, collaboration project Ricarda Roggan‘s class (ABK Stuttgart) and Christopher Muller‘s class (Folkwang University of the Arts)
    • 2016 Interchange, collaboration project with Kyung Hee University College of Fine Art, Seoul
    • 2015 Der Greif, 8th issue, Augsburg
    • 2014 Dekamired, Essen


    • 2017 NRW BANK public‘s choice award, Düsseldorf
    • 2016 studio grant in Atelierhaus Linz, Austria
    • 2015, 2016 DAAD grant STIBET III, Essen
    • 2014 Marianne Ingenwerth Foundation project grant, Essen