BIO | CONTACT. Лилит Матевосян | Lilith Matevosyan

I was born in 1989 in Tbilisi (Georgia), lived in Armenia and now based and work in Sochi (Russia). My impulse to work begins with the discovery of archives. My family migrated a lot, so through photography and video, I explore memory, immigration, borders and national identity closely connected with the territories of the South Caucasus and the Black Sea coast. This is a way to return to childhood, to catch the charm of something native and very familiar, it is an attempt to find the clues to my past, because what was «before» determines what we have «now». 

I am interested in working with the local context, interacting with people, that is why in April 2020, with a group of artists, we founded «Aerariy» for the development оf contemporary art in Sochi. «Aerariy» is about the interaction and support of creative people united by a common approach to art. 

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Selected Awards & Exhibitions:

2023 Garage Field Research program, Garage Museum

2023 Solo exhibition, Yeltsin center. Yekaterinburg, Russia

2022 Garage Museum’s Grant Program for Emerging Artists 

2022 Solo exhibition, The Krasnodar Regional Art Museum Of Kovalenko, Russia 

2022  Group exhibition 'X-Nowness', Basel Art Center

2021 Group exhibition, Center for Contemporary Art Typography, Krasnodar, Russia

2020 Solo exhibition 'Three stories', Aerariy/Portal. Sochi, Russia

2020 Online solo exhibition

2020 Shot list 'The New East Photo Prize 2020'

2020 Group exhibition, 'Present Past', Aerariy. Sochi, Russia

2020 Solo exhibition, Untitled Gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia

2019 Solo exhibition, cafe Franz & Lissy, Ludwigshafen, Germany

2019 Tbilisi Photography & Multimedia Museum, Multimedia Production Lab Grant

2019 Festival OFF Bratislava, group exhibition 'Between', Bratislava, Slovakia

2018 Group exhibition 'Returning to the archives', SKLAD. Sukhum, Abkhazia

2018 'Looking at the other', 'Quattrologe' festival, N.Ostrovsky Literary Memorial Museum, Sochi, Russia

2018 Uglich Festival, group exhibition, Uglich, Russia

2018 Winter International Arts Festival in Sochi, curator Antonio Geusa, Sochi, Russia

2018 CENTRE DE GRAVITÉ, Gallery of Classic Photography, Moscow, Russia

2016 GRENZGÄNGE, Rudolf Scharpf Galeri, Ludwigshafen, Germany



2020 Krasnodar Institute of Contemporary Art (KISI)

2017/18 Academy of photojournalism and documentary photography «Fotografika», St. Petersburg, Russia

2006/12 Sochi State University, Graphic Design, Sochi, Russia


2020/23 Founder of self NGO Aerariy. Sochi, Russia

2016/20 Founder and photographer, SHIPR Photo Studio. Sochi, Russia

2016/17 Founder and graphic designer, PRAXIS. Sochi, Russia

2012/15 Graphic designer, FLACON Design Factory. Moscow, Russia