Lesia Maruschak (1961) is a research-based artist working with photography, text, video and sound. In her practice she juxtaposes historical and contemporary events, materials, and processes to question photography’s potential to reanimate history and point to current social justice and human rights issues. Maruschak approaches photography as a dialogic medium to negotiate past and present, personal and social, documentation and interpretation. Her work has been shown widely and published internationally. Institutions holding her work include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Boston Athenaeum, and the Stanford University, Columbia University, and the Library of Congress. She has lectured at conferences such as FORMAT 19 at the University of Derby, UK (2019) and Why Remember? Sarajevo, BA (2019). In 2019 Maruschak's seminal work Project MARIA received the Director’s Choice Award at Santa Fe Center. Her book MARIA, from this project, received Grand Prix Award at Kyiv Arsenal Book Festival, and was shortlisted for the Prix du livre at Rencontres d’Arles and the Athens Photobook Festival. As a 2019 Canada Endowment Recognition Fund grant recipient, Maruschak’s is finishing a film on Canada's World War One internment operations.
Maruschak has an MA and MBA. She spends her time between Alvena and Ottawa, Canada.