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Scotiabank Photography Award: Suzy Lake

April 29 – August 13, 2017
Main Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre
Curator: Dr. Gaëlle Morel

This exhibition celebrates the career of Canadian artist Suzy Lake, 2016 Scotiabank Photography Award winner, renowned internationally for her work on self-representation, female identity and the aging body. This survey of more than fifty objects, made between 1976 to 2014, brings focus to Lake’s artistic process and methodologies. Including never-before-seen photographs, maquettes and working materials, the exhibition examines this important artist’s career of experimentation and unwavering efforts through the years to push the boundaries of the photographic medium.




Event(s):

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival Opening and Season Launch Party
Friday, April 28
7:00 – 11:00 PM

Artist Talk with Suzy Lake
Wednesday, May 24
7:00 PM
Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street, room LIB-72


Exhibition Tours
Daily 2:30 PM

All events take place at the Ryerson Image Centre, unless otherwise noted

A primary exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

A woman standing in the forest, one hand in her pocket
Fig. 1

Suzy Lake, Extended Breathing in Dappled Light, 2009, inkjet print on vinyl. Courtesy of the artist and Georgia Scherman Projects.

A shirtless woman scratches at a green wall, her back turned
Fig. 2

Suzy Lake, My Friend Told Me I Carried Too Many Stones #9, 1995, chromogenic photo-construction. Courtesy of the artist and Georgia Scherman Projects.

36 tiny photos of a woman with rope tied around her arms, legs, and torso
Fig. 3

Suzy Lake, Against the Wall, 1977, selenium-toned gelatin silver prints on rag paper. Courtesy of the artist and Georgia Scherman Projects

The side of a woman's face in front of a green background
Fig. 4

Suzy Lake, Thin Green Line, 2001, chromogenic print. Courtesy of the artist and Georgia Scherman Projects

A woman in a white sleeveless dress and no shoes sweeps plaster off the floor in front of a green wall
Fig. 5

Suzy Lake, Re-Reading Recovery #9, 1996 -2017, colour gelatin print on dibond. Courtesy of the artist and Georgia Scherman Projects

A blurry image of a woman in a white body suit with strings attached to her feet, hands, and head
Fig. 6

Suzy Lake, Puppet Study #9, 1976, gelatin silver print, string. Courtesy of the artist and Georgia Scherman Projects

Artist Bio

Suzy Lake
Artist

Suzy Lake (American-Canadian, b. 1947) is a Toronto-based artist who uses video, photography and performance to explore the politics of gender, the body and identity. Her career has been explored in survey exhibitions at the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa (1993) and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2014). She has participated in major group exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California, USA; Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany; and the Photographers’ Gallery, London, England. Lake’s photographs have been collected by many institutions, including the Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York, USA; the Sammlung Verbund, Vienna, Austria; and the Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montreal, to name a few. Among her many accolades are the Greater Toronto Arts Foundation Visual Arts Award (1997), the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2016), and the Scotiabank Photography Award (2016).

Installation Shots

A large room with white walls and a black leather bench, a large green photograph on one wall and a large red photograph on the other
Fig. 1

Scotiabank Photography Award: Suzy Lake (installation view), 2017 © Larissa Issler, Ryerson Image Centre

Gallery with eight photographs hung on white walls
Fig. 2

Scotiabank Photography Award: Suzy Lake (installation view), 2017 © Larissa Issler, Ryerson Image Centre

Photograph of the side of a woman's face in front of a green background, hung on a white wall
Fig. 3

Scotiabank Photography Award: Suzy Lake (installation view), 2017 © Larissa Issler, Ryerson Image Centre

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A primary exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival