Leslie Hossack’s photographs have been exhibited across Canada from Vancouver to Newfoundland and in the United States. Focusing on the conflicted environment of the mid-20th century, Hossack has completed major studies of historic locations in Vancouver, Paris, Berlin, Jerusalem, Moscow, Kosovo, London, Normandy, Vienna, the Channel Islands, Rome, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Copenhagen.
Her books include: Freud Through the Looking-Glass; H-Hour: Normandy 1944; Registered: The Japanese Canadian Experience During World War II; Charting Churchill: An Architectural Biography of Sir Winston Churchill; Testament: Leslie Hossack In Kosovo; Cities of Stone, People of Dust and Berlin Studien. Articles about Hossack have appeared in publications in Canada, the US, and the UK. Her 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; Nikkei National Museum; City of Vancouver; National Churchill Library and Center, Washington DC; and Sigmund Freud Museum, Vienna.
Artist Insight: Freud Through the Looking Glass
September 2019 marks the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War Two and the death of Sigmund Freud. Freud died in London, where he settled after fleeing Vienna to escape Nazi persecution. During his lifetime, and ever since his death in 1939, Freud’s clinical methods have been questioned, his academic theories discredited and his personal conduct criticized. However, to this day, his concepts shape our thinking and colour our conversations. We talk knowingly about the id, the ego and the superego; the Oedipus complex and the death wish; female and infantile sexuality; rationalization, denial and projection; the conscious, subconscious and unconscious; and of course, the Freudian slip. We are all Freudians.