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Valentyn Odnoviun. Ukrainian living in Vilnius, Lithuania.

During the last few years researches has been mostly linked with historical or socially engaged events and problems through the “abstract”-looking image, working with the imagination of the viewer to create more concrete communication with the help of interpretation and conceptual thinking.

Photographs in latest projects call into question the relation between what we see and what we perceive in advance of the act of recognition. These photographs as patterns and traces emphasize the borders not only of human perception, but the border where the consequences of human action meet reason.



Member of the Association of Lithuanian Art Photographers


2017 – Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, Visual Arts (Erasmus scholarship exchange program)

2014-2016 – Vilnius Academy of Arts, MA in Photography and Media Arts

2015 – Academy of Fine Arts, Lodz, Visual Arts (Erasmus scholarship exchange program)

2005-2010 – Kharkiv National Pedagogic University, MA in Teacher of English and World Literature



GRAND PRIX Award - Interphoto Grand Prix 2017, Bialystok, Poland, 2017

1st place - Krakow Photomonth Portfolio Review, Krakow, Poland, 2018

1st place - World Biennial of Student Photography, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2017

1st place - Debiutas 2016 award for Emerging Art Photographers, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2016

Winner - DEBUTS 2018, Warsaw, Poland, 2018

Public Choice Award – “MyEstonia?” Competition, Tallinn, Estonia, 2018


2018: - Artist Scholarship Gaude Polonia by National Centre for Culture, Warsaw, Poland

- Shortlist - Kolga Photo Award 2018, Tbilisi, Georgia

- Shortlist - Galerie Fotografic Open Call 2018-19, Prague, Czech Republic

- Honorary Mention - PIC Förderpreis SELECTED 2018, Neuss, Germany

2017: - Nominee - Riga Photography Biennial Awards 2018, Riga, Latvia

- Nominee - Warsaw Photo Days Grand Prix, Warsaw, Poland

- Nominee - Different Worlds 2017, Ljubljana, Slovenia

- Nominee - Photogrvphy Grant London, United Kingdom

- Nominee - Walter Koschatzky Art Award 2017, Vienna, Austria

2016: - Shortlist - Baltic Young Artist Award 2016, Riga, Latvia

2014: - Full scholarship from Education Exchanges Support Foundation of Lithuania for Masters studies at Vilnius Academy of Arts


PERSONAL (selected)

2018: - The Process, Flandernbunker Museum, curated by Not Vice Versa art concepts. Kiel, Germany

2017: - Surveillance, Blütengasse 9 gallery, curated by Not Vice Versa art concepts Vienna, Austria

- Surveillance, Cesis New Castle Exhibition Hall, Cesis, Latvia

- Surveillance, The gallery of the Lithuanian Photographers Association, Vilnius, Lithuania

2016: - Traces of Memory, Art gallery Akademija, Vilnius, Lithuania

- Traces of Memory, Academy of Fine Arts, Lodz, Poland

COLLECTIVE (selected)

2018: - “Tam Gdzie Teraz,” project “Horizons,” Labirynt Gallery, Lublin, Poland

- MyEstonia? Competition, exposition of selected works, ArtVilnius'18 Contemporary Art Fair, Vilnius, Lithuania

- Exhibition of the DEBUTS 2018 winners, Fotofestiwal, Lodz, Poland

- “The Vivid Unknown,” - Refugee Week Berlin, project Traces of Memory, Berlin, Germany

- Kolga Tbilisi Photo 2018, project Surveillance, Tbilisi, Georgia

- “Different Worlds,” project Surveillance, Photon Gallery, Vienna, Austria

- Pavlovka Pinhole Fest, exposition of selected works, Kyiv, Ukraine

2017: - World Biennial of Student Photography, project Surveillance, Museum of Contemporary Arts of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia

- Warsaw Photo Days, project Surveillance, Warsaw, Poland

- Different Worlds 2017, Young Contemporary Photography, project Surveillance, Ljubljana, Slovenia

- INTERPHOTO Grand Prix 2017 Festival, project Surveillance, Bialystok, Poland

- Auckland Festival of Photography, project Traces of Memory, New Zealand

- Walter Koschatzky Art Award 2017, project Surveillance. Exhibition of the finalists at the

HOFSTALLUNGEN, by Rotary Club Albertina, Vienna, Austria

- Kaunas Gallery Weekend 2017, project Traces of Memory, Kaunas, Lithuania

2016: - Debiutas 2016, projects Surveillance, Warsaw 1944, photo gallery Prospekto, Vilnius, Lithuania

- Meno Celės, project Investigation, Art gallery Titanikas, Vilnius, Lithuania

- On-Time, exhibition of contemporary young artists, Parliament of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine

- In the Same Boat, project Investigation, Academy of Arts, Lodz, Poland



2016 - 2017 - Artist-in-Residence, RUCKA Artist Residency, Cesis, Latvia



2018: - Artist Talk - Pix.House Photography Gallery, Poznan, Poland

- Artist Talk - Department of Photography, University of Arts, Poznan, Poland

2017: - Artist Talk - Warsaw Photo Days, Warsaw, Poland

- Artist Talk - Nida Photography Symposium 2017, 40th Anniversary, Nida, Lithuania

- Lecture Post-Documentary - National Academy of Arts, Lviv, Ukraine



2018: - DEBUTS 2018 photo book, Project: “Surveillance” Publisher: “Blow Up Press,” Warsaw, Poland

- Kolga Tbilisi Photo 2018, p 294-295, ISBN 978-9941-27-9164, Tbilisi, Georgia

- Agnė Narušytė (Author): „A Single Viewer's Observation,“ DOC! Magazine, No8 (43),

March 19, 2018, Warsaw, Poland

2017: - Natalia Arlauskaitė (Author): „Repression Astronomy: A Monitoring of Distance,“

Fotografija magazine, No2 (34), p16-17, Vilnius, Lithuania

- Alvydas Lukys (Editor): Lithuanian Photography'17 – II Almanac,

Lithuanian Photographers Association Foundation, Vilnius, Lithuania

- Jasna Jernejšek (Editor): Different Worlds, fifth edition catalog, p26-27, Photon – Centre for Contemporary Photography, Ljubljana, Slovenia

- Natalia Arlauskaitė (Author): „Repression Astronomy: A Monitoring of Distance,“

Literatura ir Menas, magazine No23 (3619), Back cover, p3, 20, 22, 31

- Agnė Narušytė (Author): „Violence Observatory,“ 7md art newspaper, Vilnius, Lithuania

- ANDERS Studio E.U., Walter Koschatzky Art Award 2017, p39-41 Vienna, Austria

2016: - Debiutas 2016 catalog, Project: “Surveillance” Publisher: Lithuanian Photographers Association, Vilnius, Lithuania

- Jurij Dobriakov (Editor): Meno Celės catalog, p66-67, Vilnius Academy of Arts Publishing House, Vilnius, Lithuania