Project MARIA at Arles

'Family of No Man' exhibition at 'Les Rencontres de la Photographie Arles'

I'm so excited to announce that one of my photographs from my series TRANSFIGURATION: into the light  is  part of 'THE FAMILY OF NO MAN' exhibition at Les Rencontres de la photographie, Arles 2018! Thanks to Cosmos for this amazing opportunity!

The Family of No Man will be one of the main curatorial events at Arles Cosmos 2018. The exhibition has been curated to include female identifying photographers only. The aim of this curatorial proposition is to revisit Edward Steichen’s original 'Family of Man' exhibition (1955), which, in its time, was described “as one of the most ambitious undertakings in an art museum”. The Family of No Man will seek to replace the visual register of white male dominance inherent in the original project with an inclusive visual platform of how the world is seen today through non-male eyes.

More information coming soon:

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STRANDS in Barcelona 5th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography

5th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography

This letter is to confirm our invitation to exhibit your selected work at the 5th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography to be held in Barcelona on October 4-21, 2018. Four images from the series STRANDS were selected in the Fine Art Category of the Julia M. Cameron Award.

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REVIEW KRAЇNA: I am the Earth

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That's it: in large letters: "KRAЇNA: I am the Earth", and in the gallery "NT-art" photos were presented to the project of the Canadian photographer of Ukrainian origin Lesya Maruschak.

The exhibition is "clean" - open, transparent against the background of other, current visual expositions of the city. "Transparent" and both in form of presentation (some of the photographs are on translucent panels), and in meaning, which seems even unnecessarily - clearly ethnographic. But it is dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the state of Canada ... MORE

"I'm A Young Artist!"

"I'm a young artist, but the woman is already mature," the author told on the opening day. "I've been doing photography for only two years." But the question "Who am I?" torment me all the time. I love the cold landscapes of Saskatchewan, I love my bright historical homeland, my roots. In one of the pictures you can see me walking barefoot on the snow-covered field. I really often want to walk on the ground barefoot. This aggravates my feelings. For the exhibition, I used, apart from the author's works, photos from the family album, and personal letters. " MORE

Celebrating Canada 150

In the art gallery NT-Art in Odessa, the opening of the exhibition "KRAMNA. I am the earth. "

"This is a sign of respect for Canada, which this year celebrates its 150th anniversary. This is one of the projects that will be held in Ukraine in 2017 on the occasion of the celebration of this date. Multimedia installation of the project is a kind of "imaginary geography", where time, identity, history and abstract spiritual concepts are blurred. Large-format photos seem to call us to their space and invite you to physically feel the scale of the Canadian prairie landscapes, "the curator of the project underlines. MORE

IN ART Review - Ute Kilter

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In the announcement it appears that the silk cloths are swaying, "yak primari" (visions?). And they still waved, slightly, breathed, or something, they moved.

The exhibition is "clean" - open, transparent against the background of other, current visual expositions of the city. "Transparent" and both in form of presentation (some of the photographs are on translucent panels), and in meaning, which seems even unnecessarily - clearly ethnographic. But it is dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the state of Canada ...

To date, I can only envy Mrs. Lesya that she has this same access to the Earth (for I do not know where I can get him in the city of Odessa, and from time to time I would like to walk barefoot across the field).



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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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