Photographer, Sandra Semchuk is a Governor General Award recipient in Visual and Media Arts. She is a storyteller who uses the familial, autobiography and dialogue as the basis for recognition and identity across generations, cultures and species.
She is currently telling stories and doing collaborative portraits in dialogue with the sentience of trees.
As a widow of co-collaborator, Rock Cree negotiator, actor and artist, James Nicholas and a partner in Treaty 6, Semchuk has worked to disrupt myths that have shaped settler relations to First Nations. Her artist's book, The Stories Were Not Told, Canada's First World War Internment Camps (U of Alberta Press) considers legislated racism and the intergenerational consequences of Canada's first internment camps for Ukrainian Canadians.
Her exhibtions include the Presentation House Gallery, Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, Vancouver Art Gallery, Photographers Gallery, Saskatoon, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, fotofeis, Scotland; Museu D'art Contemporani in Barcelona, Urban Shaman, Winnipeg and the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.