Lori Waselchuk is a documentary photographer and visual activist interested in conversations about our shared humanity and the meanings of community. Waselchuk’s practice is collaborative and her projects derive from conversation and discovery with creative people. Past projects include Grace Before Dying, about a hospice program in the Louisiana State Penitentiary, where both the caregivers and the patients are serving long-term prison sentences. Waselchuk collaborated with incarcerated hospice volunteer quilt-makers, to create two traveling exhibitions that have been shown at over 70 venues in the United States ( 2009 – 2017).
Waselchuk is also a curator and coordinator of numerous exhibitions and special projects that prioritize community, collaboration and social engagement. Most recently, Waselchuk collaborated with South African visual activist Zanele Muholi, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, and 10 Philadelphia artists who identify as women and femmes, to develop and implement the Women’s Mobile Museum, an ambitious project that re-exams the barriers women face to achieving political and economic legitimacy. The project included an artist residency for Muholi; a yearlong, paid apprenticeship in media arts for ten participants, creation of WMM Magazine, and a touring exhibition (2017 – 2019).
Waselchuk is grateful to be the recipient of numerous awards and grants including the Leeway Foundation’s Transformation Award, Pew Fellowship for the Arts, Aaron Siskind Foundation’s Individual Photographer Fellowship, PhotoNOLA Review Prize, and the Southern African Gender and Media Award. Her projects have been exhibited in Africa, South America, North America and Europe. Waselchuk’s work is published widely in books and publications.