LESIA MARUSCHAK is a collector, curator and artist based in Ottawa, Canada specializing in photography-based art investigating identity, remembrance and connection. Formerly the Artistic Director for Giorgos Kordis, she curated eight international contemporary exhibitions in 2016. In the following two years of independent practice her works have become 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), 2020 Turchin Visual Arts Centre (USA).  Notable collections holding her works are the Phoenix Art Museum, 24 Sussex (Prime Minister of Canada’s Residence), and Library and Archives Canada. Awards and accolades include being shortlisted for the prestigious 2017 Hariban Award and receiving the Governor General of Canada’s Sovereign Medal. Her works have been published and written about in numerous publications including an upcoming essay by Alison Nordström (former Director and Senior Curator of the Southeast Museum of Photography and Senior Curator of Photographs at George Eastman House) on Maruschak’s keystone series TRANSFIGURATION: into the light. Currently, Maruschak is constructing multi-media mobile memorials including archival photographs and textiles to tell the story of a little girl named Maria – a survivor of the 1932-33 artificial famine in Ukraine.

She holds a MA in Ethnography and an MBA in Competitive Intelligence

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2020 MARIA, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Boone, United States
2018 WALKING, Maine Media Gallery and Tim Whelan Photographic Books, Rockport, United States
2018 MARIA, Musée Ukraina Museum, Saskatoon, Canada
2017 I am the land, studio IKONA, Ottawa, Canada
2017 KRAÏNA: i am the land,  Kharkiv Municipal Galley, Kharkiv, Ukraine
2017 KRAÏNA: i am the land, Museum of History, Kyiv, Ukraine
2017 KRAÏNA: i am the land, Gary Bowman Gallery, Lviv, Ukraine
2017 KRAÏNA: i am the land, NT-Gallery, Odessa, Ukraine
2017 MY CANADA: City of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
2017 KRAÏNA: My Canada, CONTACT  Scotiabank Photography Festival, KUMF Gallery. Toronto, Canada
2017 THE CAVE: Plato’s Allegory Revisited, studio IKONA, Ottawa, Canada
2017 KRASYNYA Gallery, Calgary, Canada:
2016 BELONGING: somewhere/nowhere, Art-Zavod Platforma, Kyiv, Ukraine

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 12th Pollux Awards Collective Exhibition, Barcelona, Spain
2019 12th Julia M. Cameron, Spain
2019 Fotofilmic International Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada
2019 Fotofilmic International Exhibition, Los Angeles, United States
2019 Fotofilmic International Exhibition, Seoul, Korea
2018 Getxophoto Post Conflict Reframing A Dialogue, Getxo, Spain
2018 A Family of No Man, Cosmos Arles, Arles, France
2018 Patricia Conde Galeria (Artsy), Mexico City, Mexico
2018 5th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography, Barcelona, Spain
2018, Long Shot, Photographic Centre Northwest, Seattle, United States
2018 Black Country Living Museum, United Kingdom
2018 Black by Day and Red by Night, United Kingdom
2018 Wolverhampton Archive Center, United Kingdom
2018 Dudley Archive Centre, United Kingdom
2018 Light House Media Centre, Reclaim Photography Festival, United Kingdom
2018 Foundations, Studio SixtySix, Ottawa, Canada
2018 Fotofestival, Houston, USA
2017-2018 Articulations, Ottawa, Canada
2017 LENSCULTURE Magnum Photography Awards 2017 Competition Gallery
2017 Santa Fe Photo Festival, REVIEW 100, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2017 Censored Exhibition, Copenhagen Photo Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
2017 Linus Gallery, Quiet Long Beach, California
2017 Dab Aart Gallery, Ventura California
2016-2017, December 2, 2016 - April 9, 2017, Phoenix Art Museum, Doris and John Norton Gallery for the Center for Creative Photography, Phoenix (US)
2016, Agora Gallery, New York, United States
2016 Signs of Life, Lenscratch Online Gallery
2016 Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece
2016 PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont
2016 Photography: A Contemporary Point of View, Site: Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York
2016 Online Gallery, London England
2016 Vesna Historical Photographic Exhibition
2015 Internationale exposition d’icônes, Musée des maîtres et artisans, Montreal, Canada
2014 Ottawa International Byzantine Arts Symposium, Ottawa, September 2014
2014 BYZANTIUM: Ottawa International Byzantine Arts Symposium, Ottawa, Canada

AWARDS
2018 12th Pollux Award, Honorable Mention Fine Art
2018 12th Pollux Award, Honourable Mention, Digital Manipulation
2018 12th Julia M. Cameron Award, Honors Still LIfe, Spain
2018 12th Julia M. Cameraon Award, Honors, Open Theme, Spain
2018 Fotofilmic Top 30, Canada
2018 Art Book Artist in Residence, Maine Media College, United States
2018 Critical Mass International Photography Competition (finalist)
2018 Getxophoto Post Conflict Reframing A Dialogue, Shortlisted, Spain
2018 Julia M. Cameron Award, Fine Art Photography, (finalist), Spain
2018 10th International Color Awards Nominee People Category
2018 Fotofilmic II Shortlisted, Canada
2017 Hariban Benrido Collotype Shortlisted, Japan
2017 LensCulture Magnum Photography Awards Editors' Pick
2017 10th International Color Awards Nominee Nature Category
2016 Chelsea International Art Competition, New York, USA
2016 General of Canada’s Sovereign Medal
2014 General of Canada’s Caring Canadian Award

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
2018 Art Book Residency, Maine Media College, Rockport, United States
2018 Squaremag, United Kingdom

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

2018 Special Guest of Peter Lindbergh, PhotoVenezia, Venice, Italy
2018 Artist Talk, MARIA, Musée Ukraina Museum, Saskatoon, Canada
2017 Special Guest of Peter Lindbergh, Palm Spring Photofestival, Palm Springs, United States
2017 Master Class, The Language of Creativity, Gary Bowman Gallery, Lviv, Ukraine
2017 Master Class, The Language of Creativity, N-T Gallery, Odessa, Ukraine

ART ORGANIZATION LEADERSHIP
2015 Lesia Maruschak Photography Studio, Ottawa, Canada
2015 Terra Ercolano Art Advisory, Ottawa, Canada
2015 TERRA ERCOLANO Corporation, Ottawa, Canada
2014 Co-Founder BART: Byzantine Centre for North American Arts
2014 Founded BYZANTIUM: Ottawa International Byzantine Arts Symposium

CURATION
2015 KORDIS: Rebetiko, Melkart Gallery, Paris, France
2015 KORDIS: Love Doesn’t Know What Love Is, DESMOS Gallery, Paris, France
2015 KORDIS: Heavenly Beauty on Earth, Bulgarian Cultural Centre, Paris, France
2015 Art Performance: KORDIS and Choral Group under direction of Nana Peredze,
Serbian Orthodox Church, Paris, France
2015 Salon – An Evening with KORDIS: Creation of a Digital Engraving, Paris, France
2015 POLITISMOS: KORDIS: Dialogue With Greek Literature, Online Museum
2015 Greek Ambassador to Canada: Art Exhibition, Ottawa, Canada
2015 KORDIS: Faces of EROS, The Burroughes, Toronto, Canada
2014 BYZANTIUM: Ottawa International Byzantine Arts Symposium, Ottawa, Canada

PUBLICATIONS/INTERVIEWS
2018 FEMMES PHOTOGRAPHES Review No. 5 TRANSFIGURATION, Paris, France
2018 DODHO, TRANSIFGURATION: into the light, Spain
2018 Lenscratch, RECLAIM PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2018: LIGHT HOUSE MEDIA CENTER
2018 Don't Take Pictures
2017, Hariban Award Shortlist, Japan
2017, The Focus is Positive, Lviv, Ukraine
2017, Ukrainka at N-T Modern Gallery, Ukraine
2017, KRAINA: I am the land in Odessa, Ukraine
2017, Ukrainian Photographer Exhibits in Odessa, Ukraine
2017, DODHO, KRAINA: i am the land, SPAIN
2017, I am the land, Forum TV, Toronto, Canada
2017, I am the land, Kontakt TV, Toronto, Canada
2017, L'OEIL DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE, PARIS, FRANCE
2017 ArtMaze Magazine, Issue 4, London, England
2017 DODHO, WOMAN: PLACE, SPAIN
2017, On This Date In Photography, Copenhagen, Denmark
2017 KRAÏNA: My Canada, Ottawa, Canada
2017 Bokeh, DAB Gallery, California
2016 Lenscratch, Signs Of Life Exhibition
2016 Photo book, WOMAN : PLACE, Ottawa, Canada
2016 Travelling, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece
2016 Man In The Landscape, Photoplace Gallery, Vermont, United States
2016 Ottawa Life Ottawa-Based Artist Lesia Maruschak Exhibits New Photographic Series
“BELONGING: Somewhere/Nowhere” In Ukraine
2016 Zine: I Am The Place Where I AM
2015 George Kordis – Interprets Man’s Relationship with Man, Hahnemühle Blog
2015 Faces of EROS
2015 INTRODUCING BART
2014 CELEBRATING THE ICON IN OTTAWA
2014 Ottawa International Byzantine Arts Symposium
2014 Lesia Maruschak BYZANTIUM
2014 Greek Ambassador Hosts Exhibition
2014 IKONA Gallery Opening
2014 Paris February Representation KORDIS
2014 Iconic Event, Centretown News

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Aperture Photobook Library, New York, United States
DECK Photolibrary, Singapore
Kyiv Museum of History, Kyiv, Ukraine
Phoenix Museum of Art, Phoenix, Arizona
Daab Art Gallery, Ventura, California
Canadian Embassy in Ukraine, Kyiv Ukraine
National Library of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
National Library of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine

MEMBERSHIP
Social Documentary Network
FEMMESPHOTOGRAPHES, Paris, France
Alcuin Society, Canada
Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artist's Guild, Canada
Houston Center For Photography, Houston, United States
Lensculture
CENTER, Advancing The Photographic Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexica
Ottawa Arts Council, Ottawa, Canada
Federation of Canadian Artists, Canada
International Centre for Photography, United States
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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