Born 1986 in Moscow Russia.
Lives and works in Moscow.
True Self, 2012
In her carefully researched series of documentary photographs True Self (2013), Maximova looks specifically at the melting, dissolution or changing of genders in portraits of and interviews with people from different parts of Russia for whom their gender and biological sex are not necessarily the same. She describes this work as follows:
‘Our gender and biological sex are not necessarily congruent and any discrepancy between them can lead to serious psychological discomfort. From childhood the life of transsexuals is a struggle for the right to live in harmony with oneself. They are constantly faced with a dialogue of two personalities: the inner ‘I’ that is longing for a different gender identity and the ‘I’ that corresponds to their biological sex. My series of photographs depicts people from different gender communities. Each portrait is followed by a quote from our conversations which helps us to perceive the realities in which they live — as well as their bravery and the significance of the steps they have to take on their way to becoming their true selves.’