Lisa Biletska

Artist, writer, educator

ResidencyAR-TUO TUO, Joutsa, Finland

Lisa Biletska (1991) is a Ukrainian-American artist, writer and educator previously based in Kyiv Ukraine and currently an AR-ENSH Resident at AR-TUO TUO in Joutsa, Finland.

Biletska graduated in 2013 from Rice University, Texas, with a Bachelor of Arts dual degree in Visual and Performing Arts and English Language and Literature, for which she was awarded the Mavis C. Pitman Fellowship and the Raymond John Swift Medal in the Arts.

Biletska is the co-editor of Noha Magazine (Журнал Нога), a Kyiv-based literary nonfiction journal focusing on a pluralistic, inclusive Ukrainian experience that traverses national, social, class, gender, racial and language boundaries. She was also the creator of Glowwood, the oracle card deck rooted in ecology and written in nature’s language. Previously, Biletska was the editor for Safal Partners, Texas, and writer for numerous publications, including Imagine Learning in Utah, Reasoning Mind in Texas and NBC/Universal in New York.

Being a multidisciplinary artist and scholar, Biletska has a long history as an advocate for ecology and human environment interactions. She was a guest lecturer at the 2021 Mohrytsia Land Art Symposium in Sumy, Ukraine, where she presented a mixed-format performance-lecture derived from a botanical survey and her personal musings. Biletska was also a guest lecturer and mentor at the Non-Human Heterotopias in 2021 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, geared towards artists working with ecology and environment in the city.

Additionally, Biletska has contributed to various group shows and engagements in Ukraine, Russia and Germany. In addition to her performance of “Perfect Material” at the 2021 Mohrytsia Land Art Symposium in Sumy, Ukraine and for the Forest Journal (Лесная Газета) art project in 2020 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Biletska published “Vyrlytsia”, a written piece centred around Vyrlytsia, a lake in central Kyiv. She also staged “Dezelenizatsiya”, an artistic visualisation about the importance of greenery in Kyiv, exhibited at BURSA Gallery in 2019 in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Lisa Biletska is an Artists at Risk (AR) Resident at AR-Joutsa at TUO TUO in Joutsa, Finland. The AR-Network is curated by Perpetuum Mobile (PM) and is coordinated by the AR-Secretariat, co-funded by SAC – Artistic Freedom Programme and Ministry of Foreign Affair Finland, Centre for Peace mediation.  AR-Joutsa is funded by the EU Creative Europe project Artists at Risk (AR) – A European Network of Safe Havens (AR-ENSH).

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