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Ayla Dmyterko

Ayla Dmyterko
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Echoing the porous and fragmentary nature of diasporic imagination, my interdisciplinary practice traces articulations of freedom in archival silences and expanded fields. This iterates across remedial forms of oil painting, moving image, dance, sculpture, textiles and texts. By reactivating and re-embodying cultural memory, poetics of precarity and dissonance emerge, exposing how traditions exist amidst new iterations of congregations in an animist world. Forever in flux, I am interested in ways that rituals and symbols are continuously reiterated by artists to shape contemporary psyche and conceptions of the future.

Led by solastalgia, I seek slower paces in response to late capitalist rhythms. This allows me to both absorb and absolve the acceleration of images and information. Embracing ‘hysteria’ and its altered states, I examine spectres of eternal recurrence to understand ways that images and artists are mediums.

Drawing upon lineages of abstraction, colour theory and surrealism, my cyrillist articulations include what is vernacular, pre-patriarchal, fictional, tacit, folkloric, and anachronistic. Through this bricolage approach, I disintegrate hierarchies of knowledge, canonical interpretations of art history and forms of artistic labour.
2018-20 Master of Fine Art (MFA), Glasgow School of Art
2012-15 Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA), Concordia University
2006-11 Bachelor of Arts Education (BEd), University of Regina

Solo Exhibitions
2023 Liberate Thee, Angel of History, Pangée, Montréal, CA
2022 Solastalgic Inheritance, EU National Institutes of Culture, Goethe-Institute, Glasgow, Scotland
2022 Embroidered Stories, Zalucky Contemporary, Toronto, CA
2021 POUR THE FEAR: Solastalgic Synchronicities, Lunchtime Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
2016 The Tale Began with a Beet, Projet Pangée, Montréal, Canada

Group Exhibitions
2022 The Grass At Our Feet, VITRINE Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
2022 Memory and Labour, ACT Arts Centre, Canada
2022 Happy Tide Will Flood Again, 5 Florence Street, Glasgow, Scotland
2022 Artists for Ukraine, 16 Nicholson Street Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
2022 REVERB, Royal Scottish Academy, Visual Arts Scotland
2021 Empathy/Empathie: Concordia AHGSA Symposium, Montréal, Canada
2020 Ritual & Lore, Art Gallery of Regina, Canada
2019 MFA Interim Show: Glue Factory, Glasgow, Scotland
2018 Three Times Removed: Tontine Space, Glasgow, Scotland
2018 Hush Hush: Hague Gallery, Regina, Canada
2015 Intermittence, Gallery Aux Vues: Montréal, Canada

Screenings & Performances
2023 Collective Dreaming, Lithuanian Cultural Attaché, CCA Glasgow, Scotland
2022 Sometimes Time, Mourning School, Stockholm, Sweden
2022 Alchemy Film Festival, Hawick, Scotland
2021 Cowlick in a Devil’s Peak: A Night of Artist’s Film, CCA Glasgow, Scotland
2021 And the Land Breathes Back: aCinema, Milwaukee, US
2020 Shifting Hosts, Orbital Moons: MAP Magazine, Glasgow, Scotland

Awards & Commissions
2023 Open Project Funding, Creative Scotland
2022 UN COP-27 Commission
2022 Steven Palmer Bursary, Creative Scotland
2022 Visual Arts Fund, Shevchenko Foundation
2021 Open Project Recipient, Creative Scotland
2021 VACMA Award: Creative Scotland & Glasgow Life
2021 Hope Scott Trust Foundation
2021 Eaton Fund
2021 Visual Arts Grant, Shevchenko Foundation
2020 Global Talent Exceptional Promise Endorsement: Arts Council England
2020 Graduate Fellowship: Glasgow Sculpture Studios
2020 Sustainable Practice Award, GSA
2020 Access Scholarship, GSA
2019 Karabin Fund, Shevchenko Foundation
2018 Mackendrick Scholarship, GSA
2016 Painting Commission, Linnen Collection
2015 Fine Arts Competition, Canadian Consulate General of Poland
Distance of Sea, of Years
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  • Distance of Sea, of Years
  • Installation
Veils of Forgetfulness
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  • Veils of Forgetfulness
  • Tapestry
Veils of Forgetfulness (detail)
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  • Veils of Forgetfulness (detail)
  • Tapestry
If Our Paths Ran Parallel, They Would Never Meet
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  • If Our Paths Ran Parallel, They Would Never Meet
  • Painting
If Our Paths Ran Parallel, They Would Never Meet (detail)
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  • If Our Paths Ran Parallel, They Would Never Meet (detail)
  • Painting
Temporal Vocabulary for Reverie
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  • Temporal Vocabulary for Reverie
  • Found Objects
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  • Importation
  • Painting