Hi. My name is Lia Dostlieva. I am a curator, a photographer, and a textile artist.

b. 1984, Donetsk, Ukraine

The primary areas of my research are the issues of subjectivity and identity and their relations to the construction of meta­narrative via mechanisms of empathy and personal experience, the dynamics of social and traumatic memory, historical mentality, and processes of exploitation of shared identity, or creation of a personal myth of the past.

While analysing the possibilities of personal reconstruction of the past through a process of invention and appropriation my projects navigate between research of historical process, psychoanalysis, and utopian dreams. I’m working across a wide range of media including photography, installations, multimedia, soft sculptures, interventions into urban space, and performance.

Photo by Oleksandr Bychenko


2013 Photography as a study educational course, program 6 impossible ideas before breakfast, Fotodepartament, Russia

2012 Photography as a study educational course, program Practice and theory of contemporary photography: body as an object of research and interpretation, 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:

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