Ayla Dmyterko


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.

AYLA OLYA DMYTERKO (she/her) is a Ukrainian artist currently based between Glasgow, Scotland & Montréal, Canada. She was raised in Saskatchewan on treaty 4 territory, the traditional lands of the nêhiyawak (Cree), Anihšināpēk (Saulteaux), Dakota, Lakota, and Nakoda, as well as the homeland of the Métis/Michif Nation.



Artwork Inquiry


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2018-20 Master of Fine Art (MFA) with Distinction, Glasgow School of Art
2012-15 Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) in Painting with Distinction, Concordia University
2006-11 Bachelor of Arts Education (BEd) with Distinction, University of Regina

Solo Exhibitions

2023 Liberate Thee, Angel of History, Pangée, Montréal, Canada
2022 Solastalgic Inheritance, EU National Institutes of Culture, Goethe-Institute, Glasgow, Scotland
2022 Embroidered Stories, Zalucky Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
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 FORMA Editions: Ukraine on the Membrane, London, UK
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
2020 Linnen Collection, Regina Performing Arts Centre, 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 Our Shape Apparently, 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


2022 & History Wails Beneath Us, 2 Queens Gallery, Leicester, UK
2022 Dear Svetlana in The Future Of… KAJET Journal, Bucharest, Romania
2021 Eternal Recurrence of Escapist Spectre: Penrose Helix, London, UK
2020 Our Ancestors Exist as a Reliquary: KAJET Journal, Bucharest, Romania
2019 Distance of Sea, of Years in Chains: CCA Glasgow & Kunsthochschule Mainz, Germany


2023 (upcoming) Aqtushetti, Omalo, Georgia
2023 Résidence Pangée, Montréal, Canada
2022 Inshriach Bothy, Cairngorm Forest, Scotland
2021 The Work Room, Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland
2021 Graduate Fellowship, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Scotland
2020 Contemporary Contexts for Yoruba & Ancient Indian Ideas on Space, Creativity & Self, led by Dr. Ranjana Thapalyal, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
2019 Photography and Memory led by Annette Kuhn, CCA Glasgow
2019 De-Localising Dialect led by Maria Fusco, Hunterian Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
2012 Emma Lake Residency, Saskatchewan, Canada

Awards & Commissions

2023 On Volya, Open Project Funding Recipient, Creative Scotland
2022 United Nations COP-27 Commission
2022 Steven Palmer Travel Bursary, Creative Scotland
2022 Jean Karakola & Linda Ladin Visual Arts Fund, Shevchenko Foundation
2021 Solastalgic Synchronicities, Open Project Funding Recipient, Creative Scotland
2021 Visual Arts and Craft Maker’s Award: Creative Scotland & Glasgow Life
2021 Funding Recipient: Hope Scott Trust Foundation
2021 Funding Recipient: Eaton Fund
2021 Visual Arts Grant, Shevchenko Foundation
2021 Inches Carr Craft Award shortlist, Visual Arts Scotland
2020 Global Talent Exceptional Promise Endorsement: Arts Council England
2020 Graduate Fellowship: Glasgow Sculpture Studios
2020 Sustainable Practice Award, Glasgow School of Art
2020 Access Scholarship, Glasgow School of Art
2019 Karabin Fund, Shevchenko Foundation
2018 Mackendrick Scholarship, Glasgow School of Art
2016 Painting Commission, Linnen Collection
2015 Fine Arts Competition, Canadian Consulate General of Poland

Artist Talks

2022 Zalucky Contemporary & University of Toronto, Canada
2021 Glasgow School of Art, Scotland
2020 Ritual & Lore Exhibition, Art Gallery of Regina, Canada
2016 The Candahar Series, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Canada

Features, Interviews & Reviews

2022 History Repeats Itself, writ. Agnieszka Matejko, Galleries West, Canada
2022 What is Read in the Wax, writ. Sam Wesilinski, ReIssue Magazine, Vancouver, Canada
2022 Solastalgic Synchronicities, Art Maze Mag 26th Edition, New York, USA
2022 Vyshyvani Kazky, Embroidered Stories, Art Viewer, Antwerp, Belgium
2022 CONTACT: Embroidered Stories, Art Canada Institute, Toronto
2022 Tell a Tale to be Preserved, writ. Yuri Bilinksy, New Pathways, Canada
2021 Pour the Fear, exhibition spotlight, KUBA Paris, Bonn, Germany
2020 Certainty and its Refractions in Ayla Dmyterko’s Solastalgic Soliloquy writ. Dr. Ranjana Thapalyal MAP Magazine, CCA Glasgow, Scotland
2020 Interview with Caitlin Merrett King: Young Artists in Conversation, UK
2020 Ritual & Lore, Catalogue & Curatorial Essay writ. Jess Richter published with Canadian National Library Number: Art Gallery of Regina, SK, Canada
2020 Ritual & Lore: Cultural Memories, writ. Jera MacPherson: Galleries West, Canada
2016 The Tale Began with a Beet, Le Vadrouilleur Urbain, Arts Visuels, Canada & France

*Last Updated: June 4, 2023