Art Gallery of Peterborough
November 16, 2012 - January 6, 2013

Curated by Matthew Brower and Carla Garnet

Suzy Lake’s rigorous and challenging approach to art-making has earned her recognition as a seminal figure in Canadian visual art. Over the past 40 years, she has captured the experience and expression of female identity within contemporary political, social, and media milieus. Widely regarded as a pioneer in body-based work, her photographic and performative explorations offer a powerful and nuanced investigation of embodiment, femininity, and beauty. Political Poetics showcases Lake’s most recent time-based works, framing them within the broader context of a career long exploration of embodied subjectivity.

Organized by the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and the University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC). 

The exhibition is supported in part through contributions from the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts; Partners in Art; the Ontario Arts Council; Celebrate Ontario; the Toronto Arts Council; the Canada Council, and the Delta Gamma Women’s Fraternity. With additional support from: Janal Bechthold, Jane Bunting, Gillian Fleming, Jean Griffiths, Sasha Krstic, Judith McErvel, Margaret McKelvey, Nancy Robinson, Patti Stoll, Annita Wilson and Jane Zeidler.

Art Gallery of Peterborough
250 Crescent Street
Peterborough, Ontario

Suzy Lake: Political Poetics  was presented at University of Toronto Art Center for CONTACT 2011, May 3 - June 25.

The exhibition travelled to McIntosh Gallery, London, January 5 - February 18, 2012, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, March 7 - April 29, 2012, and Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax August 25 - October 7, 2012.


Suzy Lake: Political Poetics
With essays by: Matthew Brower, Carla Garnet and Dot Tuer.
Catalogue of an exhibition curated by Matthew Brower and Carla Garnet and held at the University of Toronto Art Centre from April 30 – June 25, 2011.

Co-published with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and with the generous support of Partners in Art

Includes bibliographical references, pp. 68, colour plates

Price $30