Katya Lesiv

Katya Lesiv (b. 1993, Ukraine) is a visual artist, photographer. Currenly lives and works between Ukraine and Finland. She is educated with a MA from National Academy of Fine Art and Architecture in Kyiv (2017). She works with the topics of cyclicality, physicality, emotional and sensitive experience, and motherhood. She works in various media genres such as artbook, photography, object, installation, graphics, and video. Her particular interest is the exhibition of the book as an object in space. The artbook “Lullaby 1” belongs to the world’s top-100 photobooks “How We See: Photobooks by Women” according to 10×10 Photobooks. Artbook “I love you” was shortlisted by Aperture PhotoBooks Award in 2022.

During the residency I’m going to work on the project “And what will you do at this time?». It consists of the performative book, photography, textile work and installation. The project is an informal part of the ongoing cycle «Lullaby». One of the works is going to be done in Ukraine, in my parents’ garden.

This residency would also allow me an opportunity to develop the program of the educational project about the book as an artistic medium for young artists.

Katya Lesiv’s residency is realised in the context of the Ukraine Solidarity Residencies programme.

The current partners of the programme are AARK, Art Centre Salmela, Connecting Points programme, Fairres, Goethe-Institut Finnland, HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme, Kristinestad Art Residency, Loviisa Art Support Association, Nelimarkka Museum, Pro Artibus, Tahmelan Huvila, The Finnish Artists’ Studio Foundation, The Finnish Illustration Association Kuvittajat, and Värtsilä Artist Residency. The continuation of the programme is possible due to the support of Kone Foundation and Nordic Culture Point.