Artist statement:
Lilia Luganskaia (1990) Russian - Dutch multidisciplinary artist and author, based in Amsterdam. She graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 2014. Over the last 10 years, Lilia developed her artistic practice and built experience as a gallery curator and educator. Her book ‘Investigation of Love’, an attempt to encounter love through photographic evidence, was awarded internationally. In her artistic practice, Lilia uses her background in documentary techniques to focus on what she calls ‘investigating reality’.  Her practice is research-based, Lilia decodes abstract notions such as love, tourism, bureaucracy, politics, and feminism through the use of constructed images, sculptures, videos, and installations. One of the key elements of her work is to understand multiple aspects of the photographic image.


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2011-2014 BFA, Photography, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL
2008-2011 BFA, Photography/Documentary filmmaking, St. Petersburg State University of Culture
2011 'Photography as a research' educational program, FotoDepartament, St. Petersburg, RU

Solo Exhibitions: 
2023 'Arboretum', Trompenburg botanical garden, Rotterdam, NL
2022 'Hortus', HAN University of Applied Sciences, Nijmegen
2020  'Hortus', The Atelier, Amsterdam 
2020  'Investigation of Love', Singapore International Photofestival, Singapore  
2020  'Investigation of Love', Photo España, Alcobendas Art Center, Madrid, ES 
2019  'Investigation of Love', performative exhibition, private apartment, Amsterdam, NL 
2018  'Hortus', Twoffice gallery, Seoul, KR

Group Exhibitions: 
Charta, photo festival, Rome, IT 
2022 'Hortus', SPU at Polycopies during Paris Photo, Paris 
2022 'Afterthought', Unveil, Unseen, Westergas Amsterdam
2022 'Learning from Nature' OMNEFEST, Castelfranco Veneto, IT
2022 'Hortus', This Art Fair, De Kromhouthal, Amsterdam
2022 'A Garden of books', Delpire & co, Paris, FR
2022 'Hortus', Athenaeum bookstore, Amsterdam
2021 'Hortus', book launch, Foam Editions gallery, Amsterdam 
'Hortus', book launch, Polycopies during Paris Photo, Paris 
'Prospects', Art Rotterdam, Van Nelle Fabriek, Rotterdam, NL 
2019 PHOTO IS:RAEL, Tel-Aviv 
2019  Investigation of Love, performative exhibition, private apartment, Amsterdam, NL 
2019 'Charles goes Unseen' slideshow during Photofestival Unseen, Amsterdam 

2019 The Best Photography Book Award, Photo Espana, Biblioteca Nacional de España, Madrid, ES
2019 Dutch Photo Book Prize, FotoFestival Naarden, Gele Loods 
2019 FOTO WIEN Photobook Exhibition, Vienna, AT
2019 'Book lovers' Camera Austria, Graz, AT
2018 'I Never Promised You a Rose Garden', Minimum, Palermo, IT

2018 Investigation of Love, Fotofestival Schiedam, Schiedam, NL 
2018 Book Grasp, Media Communications department of Webster University, Leiden, NL

2018 Finalists EMERGENTES 2018 - Photography Award Encontros da Imagem, Braga, PT
2018 Self Published Books 2018 Award - Encontros da Imagem, Braga, PT
2018 Photobook exhibition, Les Rencontres de la photographie,  Arles, FR
2018 A Future of Travel, Corridor Project Space, Amsterdam, NL 
'The Voyager's Record', :SKALA gallery, Poznan, PL
2018 Istanbul Photobook Festival, Istanbul, TR

2018 MISS READ: Berlin Art Book Festival 2018, Berlin, DE
2018 "Investigation of Love", Foam Editions gallery, Amsterdam, NL 

2018 Photobookfest, The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow, RU

2017 Unsee Dummy Award,  Unseen Book Market, Amsterdam, NL 
2017 Ogreen Photography Exhibition, Festival Designkwartier, The Hague, NL
Graduation Show, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL
2013 'Аврал/Overal', Amsterdam, NL
2013 'Aврал/Overal', Chetvert’,Saint-Petersburg, RU
2013 'Playing with Reality', Vetterstraat 66, Amsterdam, NL
2013 'Untersicht' Gallery HFBK, Hamburg, DE
2013 'Cracking Cobra' The Cobra Museum Modern Art, Amstelveen, NL
2013 'Manifestation' De Slang, Amsterdam, NL
2012 '1-kilogram' performance at Holland Festival, Amsterdam, NL
2012 Open Atelier Jordaan, Amsterdam, NL
2011 'Young Photography 2011 2/2. Current' Saint-Petersburg, RU

Rijksmuseum library, Amsterdam, NL
Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol, UK
FOAM museum library, Amsterdam, NL
FENIX Museum of Migration, Rotterdam, NL
Rencontres d’Arles library, Arles, FR
Museum Alcobendas, Madrid, ES,
Museum Winterthur, Winterthur, CH
Schilt Publishing & Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

Biblioteca Nacional de España, Madrid, ES
OstLicht. Gallery, Vienna, AT
FotoFestival Naarden, NL

Encontros da Imagem Fotofestival, Braga, PT
FUAM Photo Book Library Collection, Istanbul, TR
Private collections 

Special programs & Residencies: 
2019 FotoFest Meeting Place Paris during Paris Photo, FR
2019 Descubrimientos, portfolio review,  PhotoEspaña, Madrid, ES
2019 Budapest Portfolio Review, Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center, Budapest, HU
2018 Encontros da Imagem, Portfolio review, Braga, PT 
2018 AntwerpPhoto, Portfolio Reviewing Days, the Loodswezen, Antwerpen, BE
2017 Cassis Artist Residency, Cassis, France 
2012-2013 Honoursprogram ‘Cracking Cobra’, a collaboration between the Gr. Rietveld Academie and the Cobra Museum, Amstelveen
2011 'Photographs, projects, books', workshop by Morten Andersen

​'Hortus', 2021, Amsterdam

'Investigation of Love', 2018, Amsterdam

 ‘You can only picture it with your eyes’, broadcasted on AT5 TV channel

Awards & Grants:
2023 Mondriaan Fo
nds, Kunstenaar Basis
2023 Bekker-la Bastide-Fonds,contribution for Arboretum project
2023 Fleur Groenendijk Foundation, contribution for Arboretum project
2022 VandenEnde Foundation, project grant
2022 Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Elisabeth Vermaat Müller Fonds 
2021 Lucie Foundation, Photo Made Emerging Scholarship, shortlist

2021 Stichting Stokroos (contribution to the production of 'Hortus' book)​
2021 Jaap Harten Fonds (contribution to the production of 'Hortus' book)​
2021 Fonds Kwadraat (contribution to the production of 'Hortus' book)
2021 Mondriaan Fonds, Project Grant
2019 PHOTO IS:RAEL Meitar Award for Excellence in Photography 2019, finalist 
2019 FOAM Talent 2019, shortlist 

2019 PHotoEspaña 2019 Discoveries Award, winner
2019 Dutch Photo Book Prize (Category: Text/Photobook), FotoFestival Naarden, winner
2019 The Best Photography Book of the Year Award, Photo España, shortlist
2019 FOTO WIEN Photobook Award, winner
2019 The Mondriaan Fund Werkbijdrage Jong Talent (The Stipendium for Emerging Artists)
2019  Zilveren Camera Storytelling prize 2018 - nominee
2018  The 10 Best Dutch photo books 2018 by De Volkskrant  
2018  EMERGENTES 2018 - International Photography Award Encontros da Imagem finalist 
2018  Self Published Books 2018 Award - Encontros da Imagem, finalist 

2017  Olympus Young Talent Award,   longlist  
Unseen Dummy Award 2017,  shortlist 
2017  Ogreen Photography Prize,  winner 

Galleries, Selection of Bookshops: 
Hortus book is represented by Jesse Presse (NL/BE), Amsterdam, NL

Foam Editions Gallery, Amsterdam 
Foam Photography Museum bookshop, Amsterdam, NL

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL
Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, NL
Delpire & co, Paris, FR
Yvon Lambert, Paris, FR
Art book@MOMAPS1, New York, USA
Athenaeum, Amsterdam, NL
C/O BERLIN foundation, Berlin, DE

Talks and teaching: 
2021 Guest lecture, KABK, The Hague, NL
2021 Private lectures: conceptual art + concepts, Amsterdam, NL 
2020 Artist-talk, Singapore International Photofestival, Singapore  
2019 Guest lecture, KABK, The Hague, NL
2019 Artist-talk, Photobookzineprintpressfest, Saint-Petersburg, RU
2019 Artist-talk, The School of Photography "Docdocdoc", Saint-Petersburg, RU
2019 Artist-talk, Dutch Photo Book Prize, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam, NL
2019 Artist-talk, FOTODOK Book Club, #17, Utrecht, NL
2018 Lecture - performance: 'Floriography' , The Perennial Institute, Berlin, DE

Production and assistance:
2018 - 2020, curator & gallery manager at Schilt Publishing & Gallery 

2014 - 2020, assistant Mariken Wessels
2014 Curating, research, production “Aврал/Overal” (international exhibition/public program), a collab. Photography Dep. Gr. Rietveld Academy & Fotodepatament, Saint-Petersburg, RU
2013 Curating, research, production ‘Manifestation’ (exhibition/public program), Amsterdam, NL
2010-2011 assistant at Fotodepartament gallery, Saint-Petersburg, RU

Publications & Press:
Blink Magazine Nr 53, GUP MagazineSelf Publish, Be Happy UnseenMister Motley book tips 2018 , Camera Austria,
  L’Insensé Photo, Nr. 10Cracking CobraYoung PhotographyDe Volkskrant,  TrendTablet,  The Calvert Journal

AT5 TV channel, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Vandejong Creative Agency, University InHolland