Archeology of Loss

Marina Leybishkis

Marina Leybishkis is a New York based multimedia interdisciplinary artist who was born and raised in Uzbekistan. She holds a BA in Justice and Humanities Studies from The City University of New York and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was a recipient of the Fulbright grant for artistic research in 2018-2019.

“Through use of video, photography, archives, archeology, and text, I analyze the instability of meaning, the construction of visual narratives as locations of self-formation as well as the implications of such narratives into perceptions of identity. In my work, the image becomes a fraught site for examining geopolitical concepts of nationality, cultural memory, and the social body. Through my installations, I try to transform memory into materiality, challenging viewers to inhabit histories in all their complexity.” – Marina Leybishkis