Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Suzy Lake, Suzy Lake as Francoise Sullivan, 1975/2012 Courtesy of Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto
Suzy Lake, Suzy Lake as Francoise Sullivan
2012 Featured Exhibition

Suzy Lake

April 20–May 26, 2012
Georgia Scherman Projects
133 Tecumseth St

Suzy Lake has had a long exhibition career internationally. In the early 1970s, she was one of a pioneering group of artists to adopt performance, video, and photography to explore the politics of gender, the body, and identity. Using costumes, make-up, and props, the artist creates self-portraits for the camera, often assuming new identities.

This exhibition presents two never before shown early suites of works: Imitations of Myself (1977/2012); and Suzy Lake as Françoise Sullivan (1975/2012). While shot in the early 1970s, these works have only now been produced. Imitations of Myself, the centrepiece of the exhibition, entails a grid sequence of 48 c-prints wherein Lake is seen applying make-up. In Suzy Lake as Françoise Sullivan, the artist transforms herself as a response to the acclaimed Québéçois choreographer and artist. By portraying the self-transformations in these works as the result of a multi-step process, Lake places emphasis on the artifice that is innate not only to portraiture, but also to image-making itself. Today, Lake continues to use references to the body as a means to investigate notions of beauty and aging in the context of youth and consumer culture.

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