Suzy Lake is among the first female artists in Canada to adopt performance, video, and photography to explore the politics of gender, the body, and identity. In her artistic practice, which spans nearly 50 years, Lake addresses the individual’s relationship to societal forces that break and reveal constructions or restraints built into our culture. Concurrent to her practice, Lake taught for 40 years in Montreal, Toronto, and received Professor Emerita status from the University of Guelph in 2008. In 2016, Lake received the Governor General’s award in Visual and Media Arts and the Scotiabank Photography Award. She currently lives and makes work in Toronto. Lake has participated in significant conceptual or feminist exhibitions such as: WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution (LA MOCA and tour, 2007-08), Identity Theft: Eleanor Antin, Lynn Hershman, Suzy Lake, 1972-1978 (Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2007), WOMAN: The feminist Avant-Garde from the 1970’s (Sammlung Verbund collection European tour, 2013-18) and Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-80(2010). In 2014 the Art Gallery of Ontario presented a full-career retrospective titledIntroducing Suzy Lake.
Official website: www.suzylake.ca