VATMH Distinguished Visitor


Dana Kavelina

Foto: Kateryna Turenko

Dana Kavelina (b.1995 in Melitopol) is a filmmaker, animator, and artist based in Kyiv/ Lviv, Ukraine (currently living in Germany as a refugee). Working primarily with animation and video, her practice includes installations, painting, and graphics that thematize military violence and war from a gender perspective. Positioning the victim as a political subject, her works investigate the distance between historical and individual trauma, memory, and misrepresentation.

Project Description:

During her residency at Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House, Dana Kavelina will research and develop a new experimental film about the Holocaust in Western Ukraine. Focussing on the Lviv pogroms of 1918 and 1941, and the Yaniv concentration camp, Kavelina will use her time in Los Angeles to collect archival footage from museums and archives in the USA, Israel, Germany, and Poland. She will develop a script and storyboard for the stop-animation film, and shoot flat cut out animations on site at the Thomas Mann House and Villa Aurora. The film is planned to be produced in Lviv, Ukraine during the summer of 2023.

Kyiv to LA:

Dana Kavelina's residency is part of a unique collaboration with Kyiv to LA, a cross-cultural initiative inviting six Ukrainian artists and art historians to Los Angeles from January - June 2023. Organized by Marathon Screenings / Independent Curator Asha Bukojemsky, the program invites participants for a two- month residency, culminating in a public program with a variety of LA-based organizations. organizations including Villa Aurora Thomas Mann House, 18th Street Arts Center, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles (ICA LA), Getty Research Institute Scholars Program, and Art at the Rendon. Additional programming will be hosted by e-flux in New York.

Kyiv to LA is made possible by a generous grant from Nora Mcneely Hurley and Manitou Fund.


2018 –  One Can Not Be Too Careful, Lock in Gallery, Brighton, Great Britain

2019 – The Cave of Golden Rose, Closer, Kyiv, Ukraine

2019 – War in Museum, Kmytiv Museum of Soviet Art, Kmytiv, Ukraine

2020 – Introspection, Voloshyn Art Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine

2020 – The Room of Lyolya Yefremova, exhibition in private apartment, Kyiv, Ukraine

2021 – Dedication. Traces and Tactics, Kristianstad Kunsthalle, Kristianstad, Sweden

2022 – Points of Resistance IV Zionskirche, Berlin, Germany

2022 – Chain Reaction, MAXXI - Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome, Italy

2022 – Visions of Ukraine, Museum Folkwang Essen, Germany

2022 – Loss Report, DAADgalerie, Germany

2022 – Imagine Ukraine, M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, Belgium  

2022 – War at a Distance, Neue Galerie Graz, Austria

2022 – Women at War, Fridman Gallery, New York, USA

2023 – Об’єднані. PinchukArtCentre Prize 2022, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine

2023 – Signals, MoMA, New York, USA


2018 – Krok animation festival, Kyiv, Ukraine. Grand-Prix for the best animation film

2019 – Odessa International Film Festival, Odessa, Ukraine. Special Jury Mention in National competition

2021 – E-flux “War and Cinema” film program

2022 – MoMA Museum of Modern Art online program “Notes from the ground”

2022 – “Peace is War” program at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

2022 – “Letters from Ukraine” program in HKW, Berlin, Germany

2022 – “Letter from the Front” program, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Turin

2022 – Participated in the conference “Decolonizing Russia’s War on Ukraine”, London, UK

2022 – Participated in the conference “Collective Body Dismembered: Histories, Identities and War in Ukraine”, Kopenhagen, Denmark   

2022 – FID Marseille festival


2018 Special Jury Prize at OIFF, Mark Tulip, who spoke with flowers

2018 Grand Prix of KROK festival, Mark Tulip, who spoke with flowers

Kyiv to LA - Partners:

18th Street Arts Center:



Art at the Rendon: