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Leslie Hossack

My work revolves around the powerful personalities and monumental structures that defined the last century. I deconstruct and declutter the iconic buildings featured in my images to set the stage for historical figures to enter, be that Churchill, Freud, Hitler, Stalin or Mussolini. I take great interest in researching the world events that I explore, and my writing forms an integral part of my practice. Recently, my focus has expanded beyond the geopolitical events of the mid 20th century to my own personal history. My early childhood memories are of the 1950s, an analogue era. By contrast, my artistic process is completely digital, from concept to capture to creation.

Leslie Hossack lives in Ottawa, making her home away from home in Vancouver. Leslie turned to photography and the visual arts as a second career. She has studied at The School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa and at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver. Leslie’s photographs have been exhibited across Canada from Vancouver to Newfoundland and in the United States. She has ten books to her credit, and her images have appeared in publications in Canada, the US, and the UK, including the National Gallery of Canada Magazine. Leslie’s work is held in private collections at home and abroad, and in public collections including: Library and Archives Canada; Canadian War Museum; Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum; City of Vancouver; Nikkei National Museum, Burnaby; National Churchill Library and Center, Washington DC; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson AZ; Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge UK; and in the libraries of the Sigmund Freud Museum, Vienna; David Collection, Copenhagen; Hirschsprung Collection, Copenhagen; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto and National Gallery of Canada.