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Ekaterina Balaban was born in Berezniki in the Urals. Since 2022 based in Latvia. 

Ekaterina Balaban works with the medium of documentary photography and topics of anthropogenic changes and colonial intervention in nature, psychogeography and social memory of the natural landscape. This interest is closely related to her personal experience. The city in which she was born experienced a man-made environmental disaster, which was the result of the colonial Soviet concept of subjugating nature.

As an artist and documentary photographer, she participates in exhibitions and is being published in magazines.



  • Belfast Photo Festival. Belfast, UK. 1-30 June 2023. Participation in the exhibition of photobooks

  • Les Boutographies – Festival of Photography in Montpellier, France. 6-28 May 2023. Participant of the main festival program.

  • Festival OFF (participation in the exhibition of photobooks). Bratislava, Slovakia. 2022

  • International Biennale "Art for Future". Multimedia art museum. Moscow, Russia. 2021-January 2022. As a part if the Biennale project had solo exhibition at the Ural Center for Contemporary Art in Yekaterinburg, Russia. 2022

  • Point 55.754630, 37.638530. «Ground Solyanka» Gallery. Moscow, Russia. 2021

  • "Limited visibility". Cultural Foundation "Ekaterina". Moscow, Russia. 2021

  • "Blind spot". Polytechnic Museum. Moscow, Russia. 2021

  • "Peacetime". Gorky Park Museum. Moscow, Russia. 2020

  • "Winzawod. OPEN». Center for Contemporary Art WINZAVOD. Moscow, Russia. 2019

  • "Target". Craft House. Tula, Russia. 2019

  • "Target". Vladimir Smirnov and Konstantin Sorokin Foundation. Moscow, Russia. 2019

  • "Class meeting". Center for Contemporary Art WINZAVOD. Moscow, Russia. 2018





  • Graduated from Rodchenko Art School (Russia, 2017-2021)

  • ISSP Summer School (Latvia, 2019). Workshop "Storytelling as a Tool for Social Change", led by Tanya Habjouqa (member of "VII Photo agency")

  • Independent Publishing House "Void" (Greece, 2017). Master class led by Antoine d'Agata (member of the "Magnum Photo agency") 

  • Graduated as Master of arts in Sociology from the European University in St.Petersburg  (Diploma is validated by the University of Helsinki)

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