Elí Joteva is a Bulgarian born visual artist and researcher working at the intersection of fine arts and science through the use of new imaging tools and biofeedback technologies. With a practice rooted in photography and new media, her work often aims to to expand the intangible experience of the human and non-human body. The core of her current research explores biological and technological memory systems in relationship to imaging processes of the past and future. Joteva earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from USC Roski in 2013 and an M.F.A. from UCLA Design | Media Arts in 2018. She has exhibited solo shows in North America, Europe and Australia.



Strelka, The New Normal, Moscow (2019)
University of California Los Angeles, MFA in Design | Media Arts                                    (2016-2018)
University of Southern California, BA in Fine Arts (focus in Intermedia)                                            (2010-2013)  Australian National University - Bachelor of Studio Art (Photomedia), Study Exchange Program              (2013)  Santa Monica College (Photography Department)                                                                            (2008-2010)  Cal State LA/ Los Angeles County High School for the Arts                                                            (2004-2008)

Selected Exhibitions:    

Solo Exhibitions:

(forthcoming) psydata, Des Moines, USA Nov, 2019
mnemoawari, UCLA,  Los Angeles, USA               May, 2017
INELIMENTAL, Bulgarian Photography Now, web                     Nov, 2016
Inelimental Visions, [a] cube contemporary, Sofia, Bulgaria                   Jul, 2016
Selected Sights, Atelieto, Sofia, Bulgaria  Oct, 2015
fromAtoB, SOHO, Sofia, Bulgaria                                                  Jan, 2014
Surrogate Signs, Microgallery ANU, Canberra, Australia                                 Jul, 2013
See a ing Body, Helen Lindhurst Fine Arts Gallery, Los Angeles, CA   Oct, 2011                             

Group Exhibitions:


ZOO - Zones of Otherness, Thessaloniki, Greece


Different Worlds, Photon Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Vibrant Matter: Artworks Refiguring Form
, Beacon Arts Building, Los Angeles, USA
In the Dark, Sariev Contemporary, Sofia Bulgaria
Weak Or No Signal,  New Wight Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
Thinking Gender : Pre-Existing Conditions, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
International Women’s Day Exhibition, Art | Sci Center, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA   2017


          MFA FALL PREVIEW, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
DA Fest, Sofia, Bulgaria


 VOICES, Vivacom Art Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria                                                                                    Harmonies of Insight, Transfiguration Festival, Dolen village, Bulgaria                                            Attuned Entanglements, Night of Museums & Galleries, Plovdiv, Bulgaria                          GRAPHOTONS, Sound Trap, Plovdiv, Bulgaria                                                                                  Dark Spots, Light Thoughts, The Fridge & Xaspel, Sofia, Bulgaria                                          ATTUNED ENTANGLEMENTS, Underground Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria                                                Red Earth, Sofia Underground – International Performance Art Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria  


 fromAtoB, STUR Gallery, Braidwood, Australia                                                                          fromAtoB, SOHO, Sofia, Bulgaria                                                                                                    Water Tower Art Fest, Rubber Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria                                                   


 #Bombala 2, Foyer Gallery, Australian National University School of Art, Australia                           F-word, ANU Photo-space, Canberra, Australia                                                                          #Bombala, Queensland Center for Photography, Queensland, Australia                                         USC Annual Juried Student Show, Fischer Museum, Los Angeles, CA                                             Pop Up Addis, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia                                                                                                  Art School Anecdote, ANU School Of Art, Canberra City, Australia 


       …and the full scale model, Public Fiction, Highland Park, CA                                                                      [DIS] LOCATE / DIS [LOCATE], Helen Lindhurst Fine Arts Gallery, Los Angeles, CA                                     1 Video/1Minute, Superhighway Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles, CA                                                          Stop Down, Fischer Museum Courtyard, Los Angeles, CA                                                                          Tandem, Freitagsküche, Frankfurt, Germany                                                                                               Tandem, 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica CA                                                                                     12 for 2012, The Salon at Clifton’s, Downtown Los Angeles, CA                                                                  A Woman’s World, The Salon at Cliffton’s, Downtown Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate Symposium, University of Southern California, CA                                                             Jackalope IV, The Mime, Echo Park, CA


  Hoodstock LA, La Tienda, Downtown LA, CA                                                                                         
Smoke, Don’t Smoke, Bacchus, East LA, CA                                                 


Technicolor Pandemic, NELA Art Walk, Juanita’s Café, Highland Park, CA                                       
Santa Monica College Juried Photography Exhibition, Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery, CA 


Spring Art Show, Santa Monica Airport-Studio 21,  CA                                                                         
LACE Gallery Exhibit, Hollywood CA                                                          


TRASH, Pasadena Armory Center for Art, Pasadena CA                                                                     
Freeze Frame, Arclight Theater, Hollywood CA                                                                                       
Spring Art Show, Santa Monica Airport Sherry Frumpkin Gallery, CA                       


Concept Process, Armory Center for Art, Pasadena, CA                                                                          
15 Minutes or Less, Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts, CA                            


LACHSA at the Rose Café, Venice CA                                                                                                       
Left at the Vending Machine, CSULA Fine Arts Gallery, CA                                                               
Surfacing, CSULA Fine Arts Gallery, Los Angeles, CA                                          


  Heat Wave, CSULA Fine Arts Gallery, Los Angeles, CA                                                                                    Imagine, Luckman Fine Arts Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


2017-2018 Clifton Webb Scholarship, University of California Los Angeles
2016-2017 UCLA Regents Stipend Fellowship
2013 Discovery Scholar Finalist, University of Southern California
2011 Helen Lindhurst Fine Arts Gallery Exhibition Grant, University of Southern California
2008 2st place winner of Kathy Beth Kantor Photography Scholarship
2005 1st place winner of Kathy Beth Kantor Photography Scholarship


-“Expanding photons : speculations on inner light”, Symposium name: Across the Fathomless Chasm: Investigating our Consciousness, UCLA, USA 2017
-“Art and Neurophysics”, DMA PSG Artist Talks, BACC Bangkok Thailand 2017
-“Feminist Climate Change”, Ars Electronica Panel, Linz Austria 2017
-“Radical Biotope”, LASER, UCLA Art|Sci, Los Angeles USA 2017      



Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, USA

ACRE Residency, Steuben, USA
photo+sphere & Makers Circle, Asheville, USA

DMA-PSG Residency Exchange, Workshop and Seminar Program: Interactive Art 
Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand


  • A Self-guide to Becoming Other, Akademie Schloss Solitude Stuttgart (October, 2018)

  • Vibrant Matter, Artillery (August 2018)

  • Въпреки, DA Fest (September, 2017)

  • BI Television - INELIMENTAL Exhibition (July, 2016)

  • SofiaLive, Voices (September, 2015)

  • Europost, Reality’s New Matrix (June, 2014)

  • Политика, (issue#529), Bulgaria (June, 2014)

  • Surrogate Signs, Joteva (June, 2013)

  • Art Monthly, Australia (May, 2013)

  • Huntertd5, Germany (Winter, 2012)

  • Jackalope IV, Los Angeles (Spring, 2011)

  • Jackalope III, Los Angeles (Spring, 2010)

Teaching Experience

2018 Lecturer, UCLA Design Media Arts : Color and Drawing, Summer Sessions A 2018 
2018 Instructor at Art | Sci NanoLab Summer Institute 
2016 -2018  Teaching Assistant, UCLA Design Media Arts
Digital Photography, Introduction to Media Arts, Word + Image, Art Science and Technology, 
Special Topics Interactivity : Empathy and Memory 
2017 Instructor at Art | Sci NanoLab Summer Institute 
2016 - 2018 Graduate Research Assistant - UCLA Art | Sci Center