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.
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 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 note 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.”
In just three years of practice her award-winning works are collected by museums and are part of over 50 solo and group photographic exhibitions, in nine countries. She has published four books; her Limited-Edition Art Book, TRANSFIGURATION, has been acquired by numerous private and public collections including Stanford University, Athenaeum, Columbia University, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, and the Library of Congress. Maruschak collaborates with recognized international memory museums, lectures at international conferences (FORMAT 19 University of Derby, Why Remember? Sarajevo) and makes special guest appearances at photo festivals (PhotoVenezia and Palm Springs Photo Festival). The Governor General of Canada presented Maruschak with the Caring Canadian and Silver Medal for her work.
Maruschak holds a MA in Ethnography and an MBA in International Management
She spends her time between Alvena and Ottawa, Canada.