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LESIA MARUSCHAK lives and works between Alvena and Ottawa, Canada. She is a research-based artist. Her work is a complex exploration of memory and sensual expression, informing and expanding what it means to create memorials in the age of photography.
Using a narrative approach, her work comprises objects and installations encompassing photographs, paper works, textile figurative sculptures, and film. In three years of practice her works are part of over 50 solo and group photographic exhibitions in nine countries, including 2018 Getxophoto Post Conflict Reframing A Dialogue (Spain), 2018 5th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography (Spain), Fotofilmic 2019 (Los Angeles, Seoul, Vancouver), 2019 Memorial Holodomor Museum (Ukraine), 2020 Turchin Visual Arts Centre (USA). While Maine Media’s 2018 Artist in Residence she produced her fourth book which is held in numerous private and pubic collections including Stanford University (Stanford), Athenaeum (Boston), Columbia University (New York), Thomas J. Dodd Research Center (Storrs), and the Library of Congress (Washington). Awards include being shortlisted for the prestigious 2018 Biennal Grant, 2017 Hariban Award and receiving the Governor General of Canada’s Sovereign Medal. Maruschak has lectured at FORMAT19 (Derby), and made special guest appearances at PhotoVenezia (Venice) and the Palm Springs PhotoFestival (Palm Springs).
Lesia is currently working on a portable art memorial bearing witness to two historical events that have become critical aspects of Ukrainian identity in Canada: the 1914-1920 Canadian National Internment Operations, including 4,000 Ukrainians; and, the 1932-33 famine in Soviet Ukraine where more than four million died. This project represents a critical junction in the evolution of her practice and contribution to conversations concerning social justice and human rights through art.
She holds a MA in Ethnography and an MBA in Competitive Intelligence.