Marina Leybishkis

Marina Leybishkis is a New York based multimedia interdisciplinary artist who was born and raised in Uzbekistan. Through her use of video, photography, archives, archeology, and text, Leybishkis analyzes 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 her work, the image becomes a fraught site for examining geopolitical concepts of nationality, cultural memory, and the social body. Through her installations, Leybishkis transforms memory into materiality, challenging her viewers to inhabit histories in all their complexity. 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.