Personal statement


As a historian of photography I am tempted to question any concept of photography as a stable medium. I explore the complexity of photography in historical cross-references, such as using digital projection in wet plate collodion process or bringing the common optical imperfections of XVI and XVII century as astigmatism and comatic aberration of the lens into contemporary digital photography. I explore the concept of photographic transparency by working with self-modified lenses and question the concept of the frame by various techniques of exposure. When I do experiments with camera design, optical phenomena and chemical processes, I feel the delicacy of the photographic and the freedom in its vast range. By such modifications of photographic instruments I focus on the rich and artistic, but yet unstudied potential of the medium to transform reality into diverse light expressions and create visual meditations on the essence of light.

Short biographical note


Lilyana Karadjova is a Bulgarian photographer, art historian and philosopher based in Sofia, Bulgaria and Rome, Italy. She is assistant professor of photography in New Bulgarian University and teaches in the National Academy of Arts, Bulgaria. She lectures on theory and history of photography, analysis of photographic image, alternative photographic processes, photography and visual art, photography in graphic design. In 2016 she defended a PhD thesis on Psychological Concepts of Imagination in Art and Photography in the National Academy of Arts, Bulgaria. She is a visiting professor in the Abat Oliba CEU University, Barcelona.

In the field of criticism Lilyana Karadjova has worked as an art columnist in the national Novinar daily (2008-2016) and has frequently contributed to the magazines L'Europeo, Art and Critique, the Kultura [Culture] newspaper, Bulletin of UBA.




Selected exhibitions:




Untitled exhibition, group exhibition 

four prints of the series "Horizon of Events"

One Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

opening: 24 June 2021


Light Masks, personal exhibition 

National Autumn Exhibitions 2021, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

opening: 1 September 2021


Small Crimespersonal exhibition 

National Autumn Exhibitions 2021, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

opening: 1 September 2021



2020 - "Alternative Photography in Bulgaria", curatorial project, group exhibition 

part of "Tree of Life, Genealogies of Bulgarian Contemporary Art", One Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria


2020 - "Homage to Masters of Photography", curatorial project, collective exhibition of students of New Bulgarian University, Serdica Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

2018 - 2020 - "Film's Not Dead", collective project with BA "Photography" of NBU, The Red House Centre for Culture and Debate, Sofia, Bulgaria

2019 -"Street Ivats Voyvoda" - Curatorial project, Museum House Andrey Nikolov, National Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

2019 - "The Game", collective exhibition, Gallery LoosenArt, Rome. Italy

2019 - "The Border of the Photographic", curatorial project, collective exhibition, Gallery Academy, National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria

2019 - "Urban Lights", collective exhibition, Gallery LoosenArt, Rome, Italy

2019 - "Bulgarian Participation, collective exhibition, La Biennale di Roma",

LuxArt, Rom, Italy

2018/2019 - "Freedom Here - and - Now" - Exhibition by Lilyana Karadjova and Dimitar Stoyanovich, Sofia Arsenal - Museum for Contemporary Art, National Gallery, Bulgaria

2018 - "Photographic Original and Art Practices", curatorial project, collective exhibition,MA "Photography", NAA, The Red House Centre for Culture and Debate, Sofia, Bulgaria

2018 - Collective exhibition "Light and Time", Art Alley Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

2017 - Collective exhibition "Photographic Original and Art Practices", 2017, MA "Photography", NAA, The Red House Centre for Culture and Debate, Sofia, Bulgaria

2016 - “Frame Capsules”, Monev Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

2015 - Black spots / Light thoughts, solo exhibition in a group project, the fridge gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

2014 - International Triennial of Graphic Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria. Collective exhibition. Single work, selection.”Deep Sea Secrets”, cyanotype print

2013 - Photography in NAA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sofia, Bulgaria

2013 - Jeux de la Francophonie, Collective exhibition, Acropolis, Nice, France

2012 - “Camera Obscura”, Universitad de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

2012 - “New Wave Photography”, The Crypt Gallery, London, UK

2012 - “New Wave Photography”, Pawilon Wyspianskiego Gallery, Krakow, Poland

2011 -  Dream Machine, solo exhibition, International Meetings of Photography, Balabanov House, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

2011 - “Video mapping”, DA Fest, video, National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria

2011 - “Smooth Art”, Grosse Pointe Art Center, Detroit, USA

2011 - “Photo of the year - Canon”, National Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

2010 - Postidentity, solo exhibition, The Academy Gallery, National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria