The Canadian-American artist Suzy Lake is the subject of a monographic exhibition at the mfc-michèle didier gallery in Paris. From 14 October to 23 December, discover the work of this major artist whose influence and radicalism have been decisive for many artists since the 1970s.
The exhibition includes historical works from the 1970s and 1980s, as well as more recent ones. Socially and politically engaged, Suzy Lake’s work questions an identity in doubt, confronting it with the stereotypes of feminine/iste consubstantiality, but also with its relationship to the world.
Bringing together a selection of masterpieces, most of which have never been shown in Europe, this exhibition will put into perspective a radical and sensitive body of works produced over nearly fifty years.
Born Suzanne Marx in 1947 in Detroit, USA, Suzy Lake emigrated to Canada in 1968. It was in a political climate that followed the violent racial riots of 1967 in Detroit, the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968, and in the very particular context of the Vietnam War, which led many American citizens to flee the United States to escape general army mobilization, that Suzy Lake left her native country.
Suzy Lake initially developed a work oriented towards performance rooted into political activism and militant feminism. Her work questions the representation and perception of the self as a free and responsible being, through photographic sequences and films.
Her works are in the collections of MoMA (NY), Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), Albright Knox Gallery (Buffalo), National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Sammlung Verbund (Vienna), Cnap (Paris).
The exhibition is supported by the Canadian Cultural Centre.