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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.

Education:

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

Selected solo exhibitions:

2021 — Lost, dead, and pink (with Andrii Dostliev), Gerhart-Hauptmann-Haus, Düsseldorf, Germany
2021 — Licking War Wounds (with Andrii Dostliev), Izolyatsia, Soledar, Ukraine
2021 — Black on Prussian Blue (with Andrii Dostliev), Shcherbenko Art Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine

2020 — Licking War Wounds (with Andrii Dostliev), Centrala, Poznań, Poland
2020 — I still feel sorry when I throw away food… (with Andrii Dostliev), Ukraiński Dom, Warsaw, Poland
2019 — I still feel sorry when I throw away food – Grandma used to tell me stories about the Holodomor (with Andrii Dostliev), European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany
2019 — Fairy Castles of Donetsk (with Andrii Dostliev), 20square7, Berlin, Germany
2019 — An unduly restrictive view of salvation (Vinnytsia limbo) (with Andrii Dostliev), Dymchuk gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine
2019 — Licking War Wounds (with Andrii Dostliev), Muzychi art house, Muzychi, Ukraine
2019 — Licking War Wounds (with Andrii Dostliev), iZone, Kyiv, Ukraine
2019 — Dark, Izolyatsia, Kyiv, Ukraine
2019 — I still feel sorry when I throw away food – Grandma used to tell me stories about the Holodomor (with Andrii Dostliev), The Menorah center, Dnipro, Ukraine

Selected group exhibitions:

2021 (upcoming) — Photobook Week Aarhus, Godsbanen, Aarhus, Denmark
2021 — ‘Inscriptions of Identity. Belonging. Difference. Gesture.’, Biuro Wystaw, Warsaw, Poland
2021 — ‘Ukraine. A different angle on neighborhood’, MCK, Cracow, Poland
2021 —  III textile biennial, Poznań, Poland
2021 — ‘WOLNE MIEJSCE’, Łódź Czterech Kultur, Łódź, Poland
2021 — ‘Imaginary Architecture for Imaginary Communities’, Centrala, Poznań, Poland
2021 — ‘Sensitivity. Contemporary Ukrainian photography’, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine
2021 — ‘Give us this day…’, Galeria Arsenal, Białystok, Poland
2021 — ‘Shame shouldn’t be a symptom’, Improper Walls, Vienna, Austria
2020 — ‘Difficult Pasts. Connected Worlds’, Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia
2020 — Futures Talents 2020, online
2020 — ‘Dealing with Memory’, Frappant Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
2020 — Brüdershaft, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Dnipro, Ukraine
2019 — I Feminnale of Contemporary Art, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
2019 — Rituals of transition. The IV Triennal of Ukrainian Art, Lviv, Ukraine
2019 — MUHi Young Ukrainian Artists, Taras Shevchenko Museum, Kyiv, Ukraine
2019 — II Biennale of Young Art, Kharkiv, Ukraine
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 — Granica, Platforma Tu, Mariupol, Ukraine
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

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

Books:

2019 — Andrii Dostliev, Lia Dostlieva. I still feel sorry when I throw away food – Grandma used to tell me stories about the Holodomor, introduction by Serhiy Zhadan, Rodovid, 2019
2018 — Abobal->Yabobal, child book, Talent publishing house, Kharkiv, Ukraine (as illustrator, photographer and author of the creatures) with Dmytro Kuziakin and Zakenty Horobiov

Other publications:

2019 — Maya Hristova (editor), eep Vol. 1, EEP Berlin
2019 — Rituals of transition. The IV Triennal of Ukrainian Art, Catalogue, Lviv, Ukraine
2019 — II Biennale of Young Art, Catalogue, Kharkiv, Ukraine
2018 — “Instant Time”, Catalogue, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine
2018 — Manipulacja/Manipulation. Warsaw Photo Days 2018 exhibition catalogue, Warsaw, Poland
2015 — art book “Open letter. Naked emotions”, Kyiv, Ukraine
2014 — DOC! magazine, Warsaw, Poland
2014 — Eyemazing Susan (editor), Annual pictorial, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Educational courses and other:

2019 — Transregional Academy “After Violence: The (Im-)Possibility of Understanding and Remembering”, Dnipro, Ukraine
2018 — summer school “Viadrinicum 2018. Transsectoral PeaceLab”, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany
2017 — educational course “Genocide of Jews in Europe: Historical Perspective and Approaches”, Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies, Kyiv, Ukraine and Berlin, Germany
2013 — educational course “Photography as a study”, Fotodepartament, Russia

Scholarships and residencies:

2020 — “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 Young Foreign Cultural Professional, Poznan, Poland

Selected awards:

2021 Photobook Week Aarhus, shortlist
2020 — Futures Talents 2020
2020 — Women in Arts-2020, a finalist in cultural journalism, critics, and research nomination
2020 — The Best Book Design Contest by Book Arsenal, Kyiv, shortlist
2019 — II Biennale of Young Art, 3rd prize
2019 — MUHi Young Ukrainian Artists, shortlist
2018 — Ukrainian Dummy Award, 1st prize
2018 — UNSEEN Dummy Award, shortlist