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Art-Wednesday: Lia Dostleva Dark

June 19 as a part of Art-Wednesday project an artist and critic Lia Dostleva will hold an exhibition called Dark in the space of IZONE Creative Community.

Dark is a series of collages dedicated to stigmatization of depression and other affective disorders in modern society.

“Earlier this year I was diagnosed with MDD (major depressive disorder) and my everyday routine and social life have changed significantly since then. Some people turned out to be really supportive, while others kept making discouraging comments or jokes. I talked to my female friends who were also coping with MDD and they described me many similar episodes from their experience. This type of attitude is still widespread in our society and aims to create social pressure towards women’s attempts to speak up about their problems in order to mute them and deny their agency. Thus, not only gender itself but also mental health issues are frequently being used as the reason for manipulating the social image of a specific vulnerable social group.

So I compiled a list of harmful replays and toxic advices given to us by other people along with our own inner comments and doubts. Then I created a set of collages which are mirroring and illustrating these two worlds: the world of “normal” people who are being intolerable and the fragile world of female patients who lack social acceptance. This project aimed to give a voice to women’s experience and make this issue more visible.”

Lia Dostleva is an Ukrainian artist, cultural anthropologist and a critic. She works on the topics of trauma, empathy, post-memory, subjectivity and representation of vulnerable groups. Lia participates in exhibitions in Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, etc. Gaude Polonia scholarship. She writes for Culture.pl, Czas Kultury, Korydor.in.ua, etc.

Artist’s web-page


Starts at 7:00 PM.
Entry is free.
Address: IZONE, 8 Naberezhno-Lugova, 4th floor, studio 2.


Art-Wednesday is a project of IZOLYATSIA, which seeks to create for the creative people the most relaxed atmosphere of communication. The format of the event is determined by the participants themselves: it may be a presentation, an exhibition, a film show, a performance, a lecture and / or a discussion. Art Wednesday is created in order to provide space for creative people to present various artistic practices, as well as provide an opportunity to share information about current research, ideas and events.