Personal statement:


I am interested in photography as an in-between medium with a specific dual potential. The photography links the real and the imaginary, the transparency and the surface, the metaphors about the window and the tunnel, finds meaning in itself in the definition about the near distance (the well-known definition of Walter Benjamin). In my work I investigate this complex nature of the medium by deepening and transformation of the photographic specifics. The artistic interpretation of the photographic involves experiencing imaginable levels of an intricate reality in front of the lens.


As a historian of photography I am tempted to experiment with the material carrier, the chemical processes, the structure of the camera and the optical phenomena. I like human freedom and imperfection which yield the classical and alternative processes, but I consider light as the primary and most important key that enables insight into the photographic. I do not perceive the camera as a fixed finished instrument nor do I accept the photographic transparency as constant. I can substantiate this perception with facts from the history of the technical development of the camera that led to changes in the device and the transparency. The adaptation and modification of the technical devices is part of the photographic process which held the photographers' attention in the first sixty years after the invention of photography, and also in the present day, albeit with a more limited popularity. In the present time the photographic technical tools have a rich and artistically yet unstudied potential to transform reality into specific light expressions and become visual reflections on the essence of light.



Lilyana Karadjova is a Bulgarian photographer, art historian and philosopher.

She lectures in MA programs in Photography and Art Therapy in the National Academy of Arts, Bulgaria, and in BA and MA programs in the New Bulgarian University on theory and history of photography, analysis of the photographic image, black-and-white photography theory and practice, alternative photographic processes, photo art therapy. In 2016 she defended a PhD thesis on Psychological Concepts of Imagination in Art and Photography in the 20th and 21st Century under the supervision of Prof. Peter Tzanev in the National Academy of Arts, Bulgaria. Her research interests are in the field of psychological approaches in the theory of photography. She is a visiting professor in the Abat Oliba CEU University, Barcelona.

In the field of criticism she has worked as an art columnist in the national Novinar daily in the period 2008-2016 and has frequently contributed to various magazines such as L'Europeo, Art and Critique and the Kultura [Culture] newspaper.



Selected curatorial projects and solo exhibitions in photography: Dream Machine (2011, Museum Centre of Modern History, Plovdiv), Dark Spots/Light Thoughts (2015, the fridge), Film Is Not Dead (2018, The Red House Centre for Culture and Debate), Freedom Here-and-Now (2018-2019, National Gallery, Sofia Arsenal - Museum of Contemporary Art), Photographic Original and Art Practices, (2017, 2018, The Red House Centre for Culture and Debate)






Selected exhibitions:





11.06.2018 - ongoing


Collective project "Film's Not Dead", BA "Photography", NBU, The Red House Centre for Culture and Debate, Sofia (Organizing and participating)




16 August 2017- ongoing

Collective exhibition, Gallery "Moon of Roots", Burgas

"Hands of Jana Milanova", photography, 2010





07.05.2019 - 21.05. 2019

The Balabanov House, Plovdiv


Collective exhibition "Integration of identities"



16.05.2019 - 07.06.2019

One Gallery

Collective exhibition "Photography After Photography"




18.05.2019 - 17.06.2019

Rousse Regional Museum of History

"Freedom Here - and Now", photo installation by Lilyana Karadjova and Dimitar Stoyanovich

20.05.2019 - 04.06.2019

LuxArt, Rome

Collective exhibition "Bulgarian Participation, La Biennale di Roma"


06.06.2019 - 04.07.2019

Gallery Serdica, Sofia


"The New Faces of the Market", curatorial project


07.06.2019 - 04.07.2019

Gallery LoosenArt, Rome


Collective exhibition "Urban Lights"


10.06.2019 - 27.06.2019

Gallery Academy, National Academy of Arts, Sofia


"The Border of the Photographic" - Curatorial project


14.06.2019 - 30.06.2019

Museum House Andrey Nikolov, National Gallery, Sofia


"Street Ivats Voyvoda" - Curatorial project



17.09.2019 - 14.10.2019

Gallery LoosenArt, Rome


Collective exhibition "The Game"






05.12.2018 - 27.01.2019 - "Freedom Here - and - Now" - Exhibition of photo installation by Lilyana Karadjova and Dimitar Stoyanovich, Sofia Arsenal - Museum for Contemporary Art, National Gallery

2018 - Collective exhibition "Photographic Original and Art Practices", 2018, MA "Photography", NAA, The Red House Centre for Culture and Debate, Sofia (Curating and participating)

2018 - Collective exhibition "Letters" (Букви), Gallery "Hub-a", Samokov, Bulgaria

"Й, К, Л", photography, 2018


2018 - Collective exhibition "New Members of UBA", UBA Gallery Shipka 6, Sofia, Bulgaria

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

2018 - Collective exhibition, "Post-writing of Objects", Steppenwolf Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

"Vinyl Record", photography, double exposure, 2014

 2017 - Collective exhibition "New Media in NAA", City Art Gallery - Blagoevgrad "Movements of the horizon", digital photography, 2015

2017 - Collective exhibition "Sea in the Mall: Save Coral", One Gallery, Sofia - Sublimation of the Land, Digital photography, Site-specific intervetion, 2017

2017 - Collect