ARTtalk: MARIA: Lesia Maruschak

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Artist Lesia Maruschak will discuss her work as an artist creating mobile memorial spaces and the global conversations generated by human rights and social justice in a museum environment.

About Lesia Maruschak

Lesia Maruschak is a photography-based artist with a unique lens on the creation of mobile memorial spaces. Born in 1961 in Saskatchewan she spent her childhood on the Canadian prairies, land settled by her ancestors in 1874. In the mid-1970s she first picked up a camera, to which she did not return until 2016 when a diagnosis of leukemia led her to change her life’s direction and commit to making art.

Maruschak’s work - a complex exploration of memory and sensual expression - informs and expands what it means to create memorials in an age where the “what and why of museums” is in question. Her humanist approach and abstract sensual representation of modern-day atrocities set her apart from other photographers, at a time when photojournalism and documentary evidence continue to shape the truth-telling and proof-seeking roles of memorial museums. According to Monica Allende, “Maruschak's work reflects on the visual memory of history, and the role of the artist in the decolonization of narratives which are critical issues in photography debate.” Using a narrative approach, her work comprises objects and installations encompassing photographs, paper works, textile figurative sculptures, and film. Dr. Sabina Tanovic notes that Maruschak’s approach to memorial spaces, as exemplified by her most recent book TRANSFIGURATION, “…is a brilliant intervention in the vast field of memory studies.”

Maruschak’s projects are produced across platforms such as installations, paper works, books, and films and in three years have been shown in the United States, Canada, the UK, Spain, Holland, France, Mexico, Greece, Korea, Italy and Spain. Her works are held in private and special collections as well as museums such as the Phoenix Museum of Art, Stanford University, Athenaeum, Columbia University, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, and the Library of Congress. In 2019 Maruschak received the Director’s Choice Award at Santa Fe Center, Grand Prix Award at Kyiv Arsenal Book Festival, Shortlisted Athens Photo Festival and featured at Rencontres Arles.

Maruschak holds a MA in Ethnography and an MBA in International Management.

Maruschak spends her time between Alvena and Ottawa, Canada.

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