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

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

The primary areas of my research are the issues of empathy, trauma and postmemory. War and trauma themes were repeatedly present in my art practice since the time my country has been at war. I am particularly interested in how trauma comes to language, possibilities of representation of traumatic events and how “difficult knowledge” could be described and visualised.

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

Photo by Oleksandr Bychenko


2017 – present: Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, MA, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
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:

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 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


2013 second prize of «Golden camera» – international photo award 2012

2013 IV portfolio review finalist, Kyiv, Ukraine

2012 shortlist of Athens Photo Festival 2012

Selected publications:

2015 art book “Open letter. Naked emotions”

2014 DOC! magazine

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)


2014 The Gaude Polonia Scholarship Programme for Young Foreign Cultural Professional