Ivan Stanislavsky


ResidencyLviv Municipal Art Center

Hosting periodAutumn-Winter 2023


Ivan Stanislavsky was born in Mariupol on 6 May 1986. He received his higher education at Mariupol State University, graduating in 2019 with a Master’s degree in journalism. Before the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, he lived and worked in Mariupol and now lives temporarily in Lviv. He began his career in 2014 under the pseudonym Ivan Stanislavsky as a photojournalist for the city portal Mariupol.tv. Between and 2017-2022 he was a press attaché and photojournalist for FC Mariupol. In 2017, he started working with LB.UA and UKRINFORM as a freelance photojournalist. After relocating to Lviv, he contributes as a photojournalist with publications such as LB.UA, Hromadske Radio, Esthete Gazeta, Liga.net, KyivDaily, Tvoe Misto, Evacuation City, Skhidnyi Variant, KHPG and more.

His reportage photographs have been published in publications such as the Financial Times, The Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, CNBC, CBS, BBC, The Atlantic, The Insider, The Telegraph, Newsweek and others. He is also the author of several personal projects dedicated to Mariupol: the books, “Monumental Mariupol” and “All Shades of Mariupol Mosaics”, and the documentary project “Escaping Mariupol”. He is also the creator of the photo exhibitions, “Metallurgists” (Vezha 2021) and “Mariupol Memories from Another Life” (Lviv Art Center 2022, LMF 2023).

He lived in Mariupol up until 16 March 2022 but was forcibly evacuated to Lviv due to the occupation of the city and the destruction of property. He is currently renting an apartment in Lviv, which is the most expensive city in Ukraine.

Projects created during the residency period

During his residency, Ivan Stanislavsky worked on the project, “Mariupol: A set of outlines”, which offers a journey into the past of the unique city through family photo albums. Thanks to archival photographs preserved in private collections, viewers have the opportunity to discover various stories, events and emotions that have defined the lives of Mariupol’s residents over the years.

This programme is organized by Perpetuum Mobile (PM) as part of the Artists at Risk (AR)-Network in partnership with UNESCO and with the support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Teiger Foundation.