During his stay in Graz, Andrii Dostliev continued working on the archival photographs of the forced workers (Ostarbeiter) from Eastern Europe in Austria and specifically in Styria, focusing on the messages they were sending each other on the reverse sides of these photographs and on how they were using these photographs as small gestures to support each other.
Andrii Dostliev (b. 1984) is an artist, curator, and photography researcher from Ukraine, currently based in Poland. Has degrees in IT (MA in 2006) and graphic design (BA in 2015). His primary areas of interest are memory, trauma, identity — both personal and collective, and limits of photography as a medium. His art practice works across photography, video, drawing, performance, and installation.
Andrii Dostliev published several books with his photographic series. His work is held in a number of private collections nationally and internationally. In 2019, Andrii Dostliev was awarded the 3rd prize at the II Ukrainian Biennale of Young Art for his project examining the mythologization of memories of a territory lost due to a military conflict.