*1987 in Haskovo, Bulgaria. Mariya Nikolova is a PhD candidate at the Research Training Group Minor Cosmopolitanisms and the spokesperson of the doctoral network “Perspectives in the Cultural Analysis: Black Diaspora, Decoloniality, and Transnationalism”. She worked as interpreter for women affected by AIDS and STD at the Bremer Public Health Department and was the coordinator of the Volunteer, English and Youth Zones Departments of the Bulgarian Youth and Children Parliament.
Mariya received her Master’s degree in Transnational Literature, Theater and Film at the University of Bremen, Germany and a Bachelor degree in English-Speaking Cultures and Political Science at the University of Bremen and Birmingham City University, Great Britain. After graduating First English Language School in Sofia and moving to Germany, she began documenting her journeys as experimental poetry and photography.