LITA (Life Is Torturing Awesome) 



2018 Aalto University, School of Art and Design, Master of Arts, Helsinki, Finland

2012 St. Petersburg State University of Technology and Design. Honors Master’s degree in graphic design, St. Petersburg, Russia

2009 Baltic University of Foreign Languages and Intercultural Communications. Honors diploma in graphic design, St. Petersburg, Russia


Additional education

2015 Lucy Lippard Feminist Workshop. Centre for Independent Social Research. St. Petersburg, Russia

2014 The Kitchen. Workshop project for female artists. Moscow, Russia

2014 Space of Photography. The State Russian Museum and Exhibition Centre ROSPHOTO. St. Petersburg, Russia

2014 Educational program Photography and Time FotoDepartament. St. Petersburg, Russia

2012 Saint-Petersburg Photofaculty of U.A. Galperyn. Photojournalist diploma. St. Petersburg, Russia

2011 Educational program Photography as a Research. FotoDepartament. St. Petersburg, Russia


Selected group exhibitions

2018 Micro Magma, Unicorn Project Space, Berlin, Germany

2018 DIN A4, Kunst-Quartier Gallery, BBK, Osnabrück, Germany

2018 Transnational Queer Underground: #5 Berlin, Germany 

2018 The Palace Meets Berlin, Berlin, Germany 

2018 Colourful Chaos, the Laundry Artspace, Brisbane, Australia

2018 Girls, uninterrupted, Creative Debuts Gallery, London, England

2017 Inarte Werkkunst Gallery, Berlin, Germany 

2017 Blue Bleu Blau Blu Biennale, Wien, Austria 

2017 Fu:bar, Zagreb, Croatia

2017 Metadatos Festival, Tuxtla, Mexico

2017 The Blind Curator. F.K. Kollectiv, Berlin, Germany

2017 RUNO KOE (2): Erotic Fictions, Third Space Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

2017 Glitch art is dead. Gamut Gallery, Minneapolis, USA

2017 Transnational Queer Underground: #1 Raamatupood Puänt, Tallinn, Estonia; #2 Sofia, Bulgaria

2017 What Doesn’t Let Us Rest. VOS #3, online gallery

2017 Puderpink. Puderraum gallery. Berlin, Germany

2016 Joulukalenteri. Jänis Gallery. Turku, Finland

2016 Process Space Art Festival. Ruse, Bulgaria

2016 Intimacy. PH21 Gallery. Budapest, Hungary

2016 We live only once. St. Petersburg, Russia

2016 SOAK. Helsinki, Finland

2016 Antimuseum. Part II. Moscow, Russia

2016 More than She. Minsk, Belarus

2015 Public Interrogation: Outside the White Cube. Manila, Philippines

2015 Contemporary Dictionary. Moscow, Russia

2015 Moscow Art Communities. Moscow, Russia

2015 Ordinary Martyresses. Moscow, Russia

2015 Interpretation – The Museum: Within and Without. Hermitage and NY Parsons School of Design. St. Petersburg, Russia

2015 What About Love? Lucy Lippard Feminist Workshop. St. Petersburg, Russia

2014 Photography Biennale. Vargas Gallery. Florida, USA

2014 50 SLOV / WORDS #5. Bratislava, Slovakia

2014 Interpretation – Still Life & Man. Hermitage and NY Parsons School of Design. St. Petersburg, Russia


Awards & participation

2017 Graphic Matters poster competition. Finalist. Breda, Netherlands

2016 Public Experiment. MUDVibes course by Pia Lindman within the frame of the 32nd Sao Paulo Biennale, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2016 Aalto Arts project grant

2016 Process Space Art Festival full-paid residency award. Ruse, Bulgaria

2015 Language of Memory. PhotoVisa. 1st prize. Krasnodar, Russia

2015 To be Queer. Prints Competition. 1st prize. Minsk, Belarus

2014 Moscow International Foto Awards. Honorable mention. Moscow, Russia

2013 International Exhibition & Competition of Contemporary Arts: SPb Art Week; 2nd prize in photography. St. Petersburg, Russia

2013 Design biennale «Modulor». Art category. St. Petersburg, Russia


Interviews and publications

2018 Kolaj Magazine, interview,#24, print

2018 Artwort, interview, online

2018 Food and Nuclear War, Food&, #3, print 

2017 The Graphic Matters poster competition selection, print

2017 Fresh Contemporary, online

2017 Skinned Knee Collective. Vol. III. Natural Instinct, online

2017 Average Art #10, UK, print

2017 Pleasure’s Journal #1, cover, LA, USA, print

2017 Mind’s Eye zine #3, UK, print

2017 Sassify Zine #3, UK, print

2017 Sea Foam Mag, interview, online

2017 Bonk! Magazine #2, Estonia, print

2017 MAKE8ELIEVE #10, online

2017 Power of Identity – Circumstances do not Define You. Art Narratives, interview, online

2017 Kulttuurivihkot #1, editorial illustrations, Finland, print

2017 Annual 2016 by Collage Collective CO, Australia, print

2017 Monday Submissions: Lita Poliakova Y Su Visión Fragmentada Del Mundo De La Moda. Lamono Magazine, online

2016 Chapter89, interview, online

2016 DeJonDe Magazine, interview, online

2016 Integrant: Collages by Lita Poliakova. Empty Mirror, online

2016 Zest Fest: Tempting Flesh In Landscapes. Creative Thresholds, online

2016 Ismology Magazine #2, online

2015 For Example, online

2015 Make8elieve #8, online

2015 Ripening Dolls. The Eye of Photography (L’Oeil de la Photographie), online

2015 Le blog du kitsch, online

2014 33 Photographers Reveal Their Definition of Intimacy (NSFW). Feature Shoot, online

2014 Natalya Reznik, Ksenia Belash. Photography and time. What remains. Urbanautica, online

2014 Creaturemag, online

2014 Antidepressivo, online

2014 Crossconnectmag, online