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

Artist, cultural anthropologist, essayist.

Primary areas of my research include the issues of 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. As an artist, I work across a wide range of media including photography, installations, textile sculptures, interventions into urban space, etc. since 2012.


Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, MA, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, 2019

Selected exhibitions:

‘Material Nation’, Urania, Berlin, Germany
‘State of Emergency’, State Art Gallery, Sopot, Poland
‘Black on Prussian Blue’ (personal, with Andrii Dostliev), Malta festival, Poznań, Poland

‘Zachmurzenie’, Henryk Fundacja, Cracow, Poland (till 23.07.2022)
Chamber of Agriculture, Kaunas, Lithuania (till 21.08.2022)
‘Emplotment’, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary (till 28.08.2022)

‘Difficult Pasts. Connected Worlds’, National Gallery of Art, Vilnius, Lithuania (till 28.08.2022)

‘I still feel sorry when I throw away food…’ (personal, with Andrii Dostliev), Odesa National Art Museum, Odesa, Ukraine
‘Lost, dead, and pink’ (personal, with Andrii Dostliev), Gerhart-Hauptmann-Haus, Düsseldorf, Germany
‘Gray Mandorla Manifest’, Gray Mandorla Studio, Poznań, Poland
Photobook Week Aarhus, Godsbanen, Aarhus, Denmark
‘Odkształcenie / Дэфармацыя / Unlearning’, Domie, Poznań, Poland
‘Inscriptions of Identity. Belonging. Difference. Gesture.’, Biuro Wystaw, Warsaw, Poland
‘Licking War Wounds’ (personal, with Andrii Dostliev), Izolyatsia, Soledar, Ukraine
‘Ukraine. A different angle on neighborhood’, MCK, Cracow, Poland
III textile biennial, Poznań, Poland
‘WOLNE MIEJSCE’, Łódź Czterech Kultur, Łódź, Poland
‘Imaginary Architecture for Imaginary Communities’, Centrala, Poznań, Poland
‘Sensitivity. Contemporary Ukrainian photography’, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine
‘Give us this day…’, Galeria Arsenal, Białystok, Poland
‘Shame shouldn’t be a symptom’, Improper Walls, Vienna, Austria
‘Black on Prussian Blue’ (personal, with Andrii Dostliev), Shcherbenko Art Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine

‘Difficult Pasts. Connected Worlds’, Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia
‘Licking War Wounds’ (personal, with Andrii Dostliev), Centrala, Poznań, Poland
Futures Talents 2020, online
‘Dealing with Memory’, Frappant Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
‘Brüdershaft’, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Dnipro, Ukraine
‘I still feel sorry when I throw away food…’ (personal, with Andrii Dostliev), Ukraiński Dom, Warsaw, Poland

I Feminnale of Contemporary Art, National Museum of Fine Arts, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
‘An unduly restrictive view of salvation (Vinnytsia limbo)’ (personal, with Andrii Dostliev), Dymchuk gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine
‘Rituals of transition’. The IV Triennal of Ukrainian Art, Lviv, Ukraine
‘Fairy Castles of Donetsk’ (personal, with Andrii Dostliev), 20square7, Berlin, Germany
‘I still feel sorry when I throw away food…’ (personal, with Andrii Dostliev), European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany
‘I still feel sorry when I throw away food…’ (personal, with Andrii Dostliev), The Menorah center, Dnipro, Ukraine
MUHi Young Ukrainian Artists, Taras Shevchenko Museum, Kyiv, Ukraine
II Biennale of Young Art, Kharkiv, Ukraine
‘Displaced’, Izolyatsia, Hybrid Contemporary Art Fair, Madrid, Spain
‘Licking War Wounds’ (personal, with Andrii Dostliev) iZone, Kyiv, Ukraine
‘Dark’, Izolyatsia, Kyiv, Ukraine (personal)

Warsaw Photo Days 2018, Sinfonia Varsovia, Warsaw, Poland
‘Conscious Sensation’, Mystetskyi Arsenal — Mala Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine
UNSEEN Dummy Award 2018 shortlist, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
‘Instant Time’, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine
‘I Lied in Visa Center’, Gallleriapiù, Bologna, Italy

The Festival of Young Ukrainian Artists, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine
‘Reconstruction of Memory’, DOX, Prague, Czech Republic
‘Transcultural Emancipation’, FLUC, Vienna, Austria

Curatorial projects:

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

Research projects:

Festivalisation of values. Axio-normativity of Music Festivals, researcher (art based research methods), 2019 – 2022


‘Licking War Wounds’, Lia Dostlieva, Andrii Dostliev, 89books, Palermo, Italy, 2022

Andrii Dostliev, Lia Dostlieva, An unduly restrictive view of salvation (Vinnytsia Limbo), self-published, 2020

‘I still feel sorry when I throw away food – Grandma used to tell me stories about the Holodomor’, Lia Dostlieva, Andrii Dostliev, introduction by Serhiy Zhadan, Rodovid, Kyiv, Ukraine, 2019

Abobal->Yabobal’, child book, (as illustrator, photographer and author of the creatures) Lia Dostlieva, Dmytro Kuziakin, Zakenty Horobiov, Talent publishing house, Kharkiv, Ukraine, 2018

Scholarships and residencies:

upcoming — Artist-In-Residence Programme, CK Zamek, Poznan, Poland
2022 — The Gaude Polonia Scholarship Programme for Foreign Cultural Professional, Warsaw, Poland
— “Kultura w Sieci” program, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Poland
2019 Visiting Fellow, Ukraine in European Dialogue, Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna, Austria
2017 Granica, Polish-Ukrainian residency project, Mariupol, Ukraine, Poznan, Poland
2014 The Gaude Polonia Scholarship Programme for Foreign Cultural Professional, Poznan, Poland

Selected awards:

Photobook Week Aarhus, shortlist

Futures Talents 2020
Women in Arts-2020, a finalist in cultural journalism, critics, and research nomination
The Best Book Design Contest by Book Arsenal, Kyiv, shortlist

II Biennale of Young Art, 3rd prize
MUHi Young Ukrainian Artists, shortlist

Ukrainian Dummy Award, 1st prize
UNSEEN Dummy Award, shortlist