Suzy Lake

Bill Clarke on a seminal performance artist rediscovered

By Bill Clarke

Thin Green Line, 2001, chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto

Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, 29 April – 13 August Originally from Detroit, but a Canadian resident since the late 1960s, Suzy Lake has pursued a photo- and performance-based practice concerned with forms of social and institutional control that impress themselves on our lives. Like her contemporaries Martha Wilson, Hannah Wilke and valie export, Lake has created work critical of the mass media’s representations of women, often using herself as the subject. This survey brings together approximately 50 images, as well…

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