VARVARA UHLIK




Varvara Uhlik a visual artist from Dnipro, Ukraine, currently based in London. While her primary medium is photography, Varvara’s artistic practice extends to video and installation, incorporating various photographic and printing methods. In her photography, Varvara mainly focuses on Eastern European culture and identity, in particular the post-Soviet era.

Central to her artistic practice today is the (re)creation of digital archives that delve into things no longer accessible in reality, such as memories, places, and people. Varvara often uses analogue and digital materials and techniques combined as a means to question our present reality and the growing influence of the digital environment.

Since 2014, the Russian occupation of Crimea has severed Varvara’s connection to a place that profoundly shaped her identity. Her only access to it since then has mainly been through family archives and maybe, also Google maps. In the wake of the full-scale invasion of her country, Varvara’s access to cherished elements - be it places, things, or people - is further curtailed, limited now to the realm of her memories alone. The concepts of "access" and "non-access" lately emerge as integral themes in Varvara’s works, extending beyond geographical boundaries to touch upon the questions of identity, culture, society, the real, and the digital.

Varvara's work, by juxtaposing analog and digital methodologies, serves as a visual exploration of the impermanence of our surroundings and reflects on how collective and individual memories are preserved in our world.

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Born in 1997 in Dnipro, Ukraine
Based between London and The Hague

EDUCATION


2016-2019 BA Arts and Media Management, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
2019-2022 BA Photography, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, Netherlands
2023-2025 MA Fine Art: Media, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London, UK

EXHIBITIONS


2024 MIA Photo Fair Milano, ‘Welcome To My Unknown’ exhibition, Milan, Italy
2024 ‘THERE IS SOMETHING NEW UNDER THE SUN’, TANK Magazine, London, UK
2023 REGENERATE: Noorderlicht International Photo Festival, Groningen, Netherlands
2023 Public Space Exhibition 2023, Altona, Hamburg, Germany
2023 Aphorism, The Holy Art Gallery, London, UK
2023 PIT, Southwark Park Galleries, London, UK
2023 Free Range, AOP Student Awards, Truman Brewery, London, UK
2022 Unfolding Territories, The Grey Space in the Middle, The Hague, Netherlands

PUBLICATIONS


2024 British Journal of Photography, ‘Ones To Watch 2024’ Issue, London, UK
2023 Photography+, Photoworks, Brighton, UK (online)
2023 See-Zeen, Magazine for Contemporary Photography, Issue #10, Fall (online)
2023 Artdoc Photography Magazine, Enigma of Life
2021 cockroach, KABK, The Hague, Netherlands

AWARDS & SHORTLISTS


2024 Belfast Photo Festival, shortlisted, awarded “Highly Commended”
2024 Athens Photo Festival, shortlisted
2024 PhMuseum Photography Grant, shortlisted
2023 PARIS PHOTO, finalist Carte Blanche Students






Email: varvara.vu@gmail.com
Instagram: @varavarka