Whilst studying art history and media science at the Friedrich-Schiller-University, Maria had already started an internship at the State Hermitage Museum as an assistant curator. Following this she became an assistant curator at the contemporary art department of the State Hermitage Museum whilst working in parallel as a freelance curator for the Goethe Institute St. Petersburg. After this experience she was based in Berlin and worked with the Haus am Waldsee Museum.
Since June 2013 Maria has been working as the General Coordinator of MANIFESTA 10 in St. Petersburg. Following Manifesta in Zurich Maria joined the curatorial team of the biennial working closely with the chief curator Christian Jankowski. In 2017-18 Maria joined the V-A-C Foundation in Venice as an exhibition director. She is based in Berlin where she is a co curator at Aperto Raum.