INFOCUS - The Focus is Positive


So sometimes it is in artistic practice: you live up to art, you perceive the world in his language, and you start practicing quite late ... in the third or last quarter of your life. Some events in life or society are encouraged by this. Often, discovering himself in art becomes his own "catharsis", where the artist rages on the sore, or vice versa - shares his peace with his path of positive healing.

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"KRAINA: I am the land," or an unusual look through the lens

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On Wednesday, August 25, 2017, Lesia Maruschak (Canada) opened the exhibition "KRAINA: I am the land" in the Art Gallery of Gary Bowman (18, Nalyvaika Street).

The exhibition "KRAINA: I am the land" is an expression of respect for Canada, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. This is one of the projects that are held in Ukraine in 2017 on the occasion of the celebration of this date. The multimedia installation of this project is a peculiar imaginary geography, where blurry time, identity, history and abstract spiritual notions.


KRAINA Opens Kharkiv Gallery Season

Last week in the ART basement of the Municipal Gallery in Kharkiv, the opening of the exhibition  "KRAPA: I am the land" was held. The exhibition "KRAÏNA: I am the earth" is an expression of respect for Canada, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. This is one of the projects that are held in Ukraine in the year 2017 on the occasion of the celebration of this date. 

The multimedia installation of the project is a peculiar "imaginary geography," where the blurry time, identity, history and abstract spiritual concepts. MORE


2017 Hariban Award

It is an incredible honor to be shortlisted for the shortlist for HARIBAN AWARD 2017. The committee  received an incredible 439 submissions from all over the globe! The judges had the difficult task of paring down a truly impressive array of work, but they’re confident that they’ve selected the submissions that will benefit most from a relationship with Benrido and the collotype process. 

Statement by Tristan Lund (Juror)
Selecting the shortlist for the HARIBAN AWARD 2017 has been a privilege and a task I undertook extremely seriously. I would like to thank all the entrants, those at the beginning of their careers for the bravery to show their work to an unknown audience and to those more established striving to push their practice to a new level.

This is a unique award with a prize that is a genuine collaboration with highly skilled craftspeople, it is an incredible opportunity for the right kind of artist. I approached the shortlisting process with this in mind by looking for:

  • A sense that each artist had carefully considered why they were entering such a specific award.
  • Individual images that I thought would look great as collotypes.
  • Original, consistent projects ranging in style and content.

I am delighted with the list of 111 finalists and think we have a fantastic group of artists from which to select a winner, I am very excited about the next stage.

Talk To ME: Lesia and Peter

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Lesia Maruschak / Peter Lindbergh (italics)  

I was moved when I first saw your photographs. 

I feel lost in the world, as I wander and find myself … may be too much truth?

There was a beautiful, presence of you. I could feel your courage and your uncompromising search. Now, knowing more about you and your work, your thoughts, and this deep, inner identity you have and knowing about your longing to stay connected in your own beautiful way, with your past and future …

I am a person whose family emigrated from another place. They left something, everyone, to become part of another.  My works show what that looks like and feels like for me today and how I try to make sense of who I am.  Land for them was freedom … for me the land is the place where I am most connected - a sort of communion with my life, myself, others, the world around me and the ‘doors’ that lead to that which is beyond.

 I can see a place inside of you, full with bright and amazing knowledge, waiting to be found ...

I work to share my view of the world– not with my eyes - with my heart. And how the space we inhabit points to a spiritual place.  For this reason, I seem to be drawn to horizons and empty landscapes. 

There is one other way to find this place inside of you. 
This way is less secure, even dangerous and risky, but it could be worth trying. This way would request you to abandon your roots and securities, to maybe find in exchange total freedom and independence from and for yourself and your work.

This place you describe is very compelling and the invitation is one I welcome.  We are complicated or maybe simple beings.  I know for certain things change and so do we. As long as we journey with empathy, respect, hope and love for all and everything it is worth it to me.

I very much admire the honesty in your work and I do feel your love and empathy in all your photographs I know and love.                 

Lesia Maruschak
Peter Lindbergh


I'm thrilled to be among the list of fantastic artists in the upcoming online and print edition of ArtMaze Mag. Chayanne Sauter, the Executive Director if Art Share LA curated the selection. To pre-order you issue click here.  


Lesia Maruschak

Just now · 

Patti Smith speaks of moments when life outpaces our dreams. I have come to understand what she speaks of as so many of the wonderful things that have happened to me over the last months are beyond anything I would even have dared to dream of. 
I am honored to be part of the upcoming release of ARTMaze Mag Issue 4 available on August 8th:
– New York (McNally Jackson Books);
– Berlin (Do You Read Me?!);
– London (White Cube Gallery book shop and MagCulture). More information on my site soon ....

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Canada 150

MY CANADA by Lesia Maruschak

This solo exhibition present images of the Saskatchewan prairies paired with narratives of my mother’s experiences of growing up in Canada during the 1940s - 50s.  The images transcend the sites’  ‘groundedness’ creating tension between specificity/universality. Questioning the meaning of belonging in a world with borders and migration. An exhibition in the Canada Naturally series.

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Tuesday to Friday: 9 am to 4 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm



June 1: Must success in photography be at the expense of compassion?

Right on the heels of Photo London comes Copenhagen Photo Festivalwhich starts today in a former transformer station called Understationen, on Nyborggade 13, Copenhagen, and will continue until 11th June.

Amongst many and varied offerings of the festival, mostly photography with a few video works, is The Censored Exhibition. 

Inaugurated in 2102, The Censored Exhibition annually issues a call for contemporary international fine art photography, though this year’s includes photojournalism and videography.

The selection committee comprised Beate Cegielska, curator and director of Gallery Image in Aarhus, founded 1977, the first gallery for photography in Scandinavia; artist and photographer, Tina Enghoff (*1957); and researcher, art critic, writer and radio host, Torben Sangild (*1969). Their selection out of 1,872 works from photographers all over the world, in the jury’s opinion, reflects the latest tendencies within contemporary photography:

It was very important for us that the exhibition shows the openness of today’s photography. The boundaries between genres are broken down and photography is being stretched in all directions. Photography is on a journey with numerous stops and some of them can be seen in this year’s censored exhibition.

The photographers they selected are; Adrian Fish (CA) Blør (DK/CYP) Borcher and Lomholdt (DK) Carrie and Eric Tomberlin (US) Erik Jørgensen (DK) Giles Clark (US) Ida Refsgaard (DK) Jake Naughton (US) Jim Johnston (UK) Ken Hermann (DK) Lars Brorson Fich (DK) Lesia Maruschak (CA) Louis De Belle (IT) Mads Kongerskov (DK), and Mark Rammers (NL)


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KRAÎNA Featured by Lensculture

The newest series by Maruschak - KRAÎNA -  is now featured in the LensCulture Network Gallery! "You are among a select group of top photographers selected for our curated gallery that is visible to everyone who visits the LensCulture website. Your work will receive immediate exposure to our international audience of 2.5 million across web, email, social and mobile ..."

It is a great honor to share these works with such an esteemed audience. To view the series go to:  LENSCULTURE


RHYTHMOS is a collaboration between artistic director Adrien Duey and Lesia Maruschak.  Duey as has over thirty years of experience as a fine art and advertising photographer, and an art director. His innovative style and approach have won him many national and international awards: New York ArtDirectors Awards, Toronto Art Directors Awards, National Magazine Awards,Applied Arts National Awards, Polaroid Transfer National Awards, and twice nominated for Juno Awards. Adrien applied his vision and design in the fields of people, still life, and food. He has produced campaigns for AirCanada, Bell, Johnson & Johnson, Bombardier, the Dairy Bureau, MontrealJazz Festival, and Molson. Adrien produced the images for the world's first interactive postage stamps in 1995 and continues to work on stamp projects. 


Three art stamps 2017 published by Canada Post, studio IKONA and Lesia Maruschak.
The three stamps will be available from May 12, 2017
To obtain the stamps contact

Booklet of 12 stamps - PERMANENT Domestic

Add that special touch to your mail with personalized KRAÏNA stamps!  
Each stamp is valued at the current domestic rate and can be used to mail a standard-size envelope weighing up to 30 grams anywhere in Canada.

Additional Information
Type:  Booklet of 12 stamps
Orientation: Landscape
Sheet Size:  5.125" x 5.125"
Paper:  Coated one side
Postage Rate:  For mailing within Canada

Collaboration between Maruschak and Scala

The incredibly talented Canadian mask and puppet designer, collage artist and illustrator, Clelia Scala has made the mask that will now become a lead prop in my next photography-based art series. Clelia makes masks for theatre and film and has taught mask-making and puppet-making in classroom and workshop settings. In addition, Clelia has made numerous masks for private individuals, performance artists, and organizations such as the Toronto District School Board and Seneca Collage. She is a recipient of three Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Exhibition Assistance grants (2015, 2016, 2016) and an OAC Theatre Creators' Reserve grant (2016). 

KRAÎNA: My Canada Exhibition Posters

Signed and numbered Limited Edition exhibition posters from Lesia Maruschak's  KRAÎNA: My Canada - CONTACT Scotiabank Photography Festival 2017 - are now available and can be ordered by contacting

70 x 100 cm
Photo Rag® Ultra Smooth 305 gsm Hahnemühle Germany
Designed by studio IKONA


Booksigning in connection with the exhibition KRAÎNA: My Canada by Lesia Maruschak.
Lesia signed her new Limited Edition book KRAÏNA: My Canada published by studio IKONA.


Lesia Maruschak
KRAÏNA: My Canada

Publisher :  studio IKONA
Text : Lesia Maruschak
Layout : studio IKONA
Size : 9 X 10 Inches
Pages : 48
Price : 10 Limited Edition signed and number copies with a print 100$ CDN
Price: 90 Limited Edition signed and number copies 40$ CDN

About the book:

“There was a beautiful, presence of you. I could feel your courage and your uncompromising search. Now, knowing more about you and your work, your thoughts, and this deep, inner identity you have and knowing about your longing to stay connected in your own beautiful way, with your past and future …I very much admire the honesty in your work and I do feel your love and empathy in all your photographs I know and love.” Peter Lindbergh wrote. KRAÏNA spurs an exploration of loss, shifting identity, and culture issues of global significance as we make our way through contemporary debates on immigration.

CONTACT / Toronto

The Canada 150 inspires KRAÏNA - her latest project -. KRAÏNA gives form to an “autonomous and universal reality” where time, identity, history and abstract spiritual concepts are blurred. Deteriorating and damaged images are coupled with minimalist Canadian landscapes.  A ghostly female weaves her wavy through the narrative like a thread provoking the viewer’s imagination.  The fragility of human existence, the notion of identity in the context of global immigration and the role of the photograph in spurring an inquiry by the seer are central to KRAINA.

KUMF Gallery, 145 Evans, Suite 101, Toronto, ON
Opening 12 May, 2017 7:00 pm
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