Lia Dostlieva (Лія Достлєва), b. 1984, Donetsk, Ukraine

Artist, curator, cultural anthropologist, author at, Czas Kultury,, etc.

Primary areas of my research include the issues of empathy, trauma, postmemory, commemorative practices, and agency and visibility of vulnerable groups. I am particularly interested in how trauma comes to language, in possibilities of representation of traumatic events and in how “difficult knowledge” and “difficult past” could be described and visualised. My latest art projects are mostly research-based. I widely use anthropological approaches in my art practice because I believe that art as such is one of anthropological methods itself and it suits perfectly for describing and analysing human culture and life.

As an artist, I work across a wide range of media including photography, installations, multimedia, textile sculptures, interventions into urban space, etc. since 2012.

Education and educational courses:
2018 summer school “Viadrinicum 2018. Transsectoral PeaceLab”, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany
2017–present: Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, MA, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland
2017 educational course “Genocide of Jews in Europe: Historical Perspective and Approaches”, Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies, Kyiv, Ukraine and Berlin, Germany
2012-2013 educational course “Photography as a study”, Fotodepartament, Russia
2011 educational course “Artist with camera”, Alexander Lyapin’s workshop, PhotoCult, Ukraine

Curatorial projects:

2017 Reconstruction of Memory, DOX, Prague, Czech Republic
2016 Reconstruction of Memory, Ukraiński Dom, Warszawa, Poland
2016 Reconstruction of Memory, Jeżyckie Centrum Kultury, Poznań, Poland
2016 Reconstruction of Memory, Izolyatsia, Kyiv, Ukraine

Solo exhibitions:

2017 Szurnięte ZOO, Pies Andaluzyjski, Poznań, Poland
2015 Hobotary, festival Ukraińska Wiosna, Poznan, Poland
2014 Connection, festival Inwazja Barbarzyńców, Poznan, Poland
2013 Sacrifice, da sein art gallery, Donetsk, Ukraine

Selected group exhibitions:

2019 Displaced, Izolyatsia, Hybrid Contemporary Art Fair, Madrid, Spain
2018 Warsaw Photo Days 2018, Sinfonia Varsovia, Warsaw, Poland
2018 Conscious Sensation, Mystetskyi Arsenal — Mala Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine
2018 UNSEEN Dummy Award 2018 shortlist, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2018 Instant Time, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine
2018 Trzeba powiedzieć! Z archiwum społecznego gentryfikacji #2, Galeria Tak, Poznań, Poland
2018 I Lied in Visa Center, Gallleriapiù, Bologna, Italy
2017 They’ll gonna kill us anyway, Galeria Luka, Poznan, Poland
2017 Granica, Inkubator Kultury Pireus, Poznan, Poland
2017 Granica, Port creative hub, Kyiv, Ukraine
2017 Granica, Platforma Tu, Mariupol, Ukraine
2017 WrocloveUkraina, CUKR, Wroclaw, Poland
2017 The Festival of Young Ukrainian Artists, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine
2017 Reconstruction of Memory, DOX, Prague, Czech Republic
2017 Transcultural Emancipation, FLUC, Vienna, Austria
2017 Tam, gdzie teraz, galeria Labirynt, Lublin, Poland
2016 Teraz w Polsce, galeria Labirynt, Lublin, Poland
2015 Open letter. Naked emotions, Art14 gallery, Kiev, Ukraine
2014 Affect of memory, Minsk Center of Modern Arts, Minsk, Belarus
2013 Sacrifice, Kaunas Photo Days festival, Kaunas, Lithuania
2013 Sacrifice, Gogolfest, Kyiv, Ukraine
2013 Sacrifice, shortlist of «Golden camera» – international photo award 2012, Donetsk, Ukraine
2013 Sacrifice, shortlist of «Golden camera» – international photo award 2012, M-17 gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine
2012 Angel’s letters, experimental group Look exhibition, Kyiv, Ukraine
2012 A Rememberer’s Experience, Odessa International Art Fest, Odessa, Ukraine
2012 Epilepsy, Festival of Vital Arts MIMIKRIA, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine

2018 Abobal->Yabobal, child book, Talent publishing house, Kharkiv, Ukraine (as illustrator, photographer and author of the creatures) with Dmytro Kuziakin and Zakenty Horobiov
2018 I still feel sorry when I throw away food – Grandma used to tell me stories about the Holodomor, dummy, with Andrii Dostliev

Other publications:

2018 Manipulacja/Manipulation. Warsaw Photo Days 2018 exhibition catalog, Warsaw, Poland
2015 art book “Open letter. Naked emotions”, Kyiv, Ukraine
2014 DOC! magazine, Warsaw, Poland
2014 Annual pictorial by Eyemazing Susan
2013 Su-ture Volume Zero by Gomma Books London, United Kingdom
2013 UPHA zine by Makelab / Niice, Kyiv, Ukraine
2013 Vizii: International visual culture festival catalogue, Kyiv, Ukraine


2018 Ukrainian Dummy Award, shortlist
2018 UNSEEN Dummy Award, shortlist
2013 second prize of «Golden camera» – international photo award 2012
2013 IV portfolio review finalist, Kyiv, Ukraine
2012 shortlist of Athens Photo Festival 2012


2014 The Gaude Polonia Scholarship Programme for Young Foreign Cultural Professional