Political Poetics

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November 10, 2012 – January 6, 2013

Suzy Lake: Political Poetics is produced and circulated by Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and the University of Toronto Art Centre.

Suzy Lake’s rigorous approach to art making over the past 40 years marks her as a seminal figure in Canadian visual art. One of the pioneers in body-based work, Lake has developed a significant practice that examines the experience of gendered embodiment.

Lake’s work opens up the relationship between image and identity that has become a central concern of late 20th and early 21st century art practice. Focusing on works from four decades of Suzy Lake’s interdisciplinary practice, Political Poetics highlights Lake’s most recent time-based photographic work and frames it in the context of her career-long exploration of embodiment. Performing for her own camera, Lake has produced a complex body of work that politically and aesthetically engages with her self as both the figure and the contextual ground of vision.

Suzy Lake: Political Poetics is produced and circulated by the University of Toronto Art Centre. The exhibition is accompanied by a colour publication with essay by the curators and Dot Tuer.

Curated by Dr. Matthew Brower and Carla Garnet.