Varvara Uhlik is a visual artist from Dnipro, Ukraine, currently based in London. In her photography, Varvara mainly focuses on Eastern European culture and identity, in particular the post-Soviet era. Carefully dissecting how the Soviet influenced her generation and its causes of generational trauma.

In the wake of the full-scale invasion of her country, Varvara’s access to cherished elements - be it places, things, or people - is 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.

Juxtaposing analog and digital methodologies, newly staged photography and family archives - her work serves as a visual exploration and reflection on the impermanence of our surroundings, and questions the preservation of collective and individual memories in our world.

In 2024, Varvara was selected as “Ones to Watch” artist by the British Journal of Photography. Her work has been exhibited at various shows and photo festivals, including: Encontros da Imagem, Portugal (2024), Milan Photo Fair, Italy (2024) and others; In the last two years, she has been published on different platforms and magazines, amongst them: British Journal of Photography, Photoworks, UK, See-Zeen and others.


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


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


2024 Encontros da Imagem, International Photography and Visual Arts Festival, Braga, Portugal
2024 Der Greif: Arles Edition, Rencontres d'Arles, portfolio screening, ParisBerlin Fotohaus, Arles, France
2024 Fotofestiwal, International Festival of Photography, portfolio screening, Lodz, Poland
2024 PhMuseum Days, International Photography Festival, portfolio screening, Bologna, Italy
2024 Verzasca Foto Festival, portfolio screening, Switzerland
2024 Kranj Foto Fest 2024, portfolio screening, Kranj, Slovenia

2024 MIA Photo Fair Milano, ‘Welcome To My Unknown’ exhibition, Milan, Italy
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


2024 British Journal of Photography, ‘Ones To Watch 2024’ Issue, London, UK
2023 Photography+, Photoworks, Graduate Issue, Brighton, UK
2023 Paris Photo, Carte Blanche 
2023 British Journal of Photography, Carte Blanche Article 
2023 PHMuseum, Women Photographers Grant
2023 Slade Interim Showcase 2023
2023 See-Zeen, Magazine for Contemporary Photography, Issue #10, Fall
2023 Artdoc Photography Magazine, Enigma of Life


2021 cockroach, KABK, The Hague, Netherlands


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

Instagram: @varavarka