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2. Choreographed Puppet mural 7

Suzy Lake, Choreographed Puppet mural, 1976-2011. Photo: Suzy Lake ; courtesy of Georgia Scherman Projects and Suzy Lake

Friday, February 16, 6 pm

Suzy Lake
“Resistance… Who Pulls the Strings?”

Location: Sir George Williams University Alumni Auditorium, Hall Building (H-110, ground floor), 1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

If it takes a village to raise a child, is it through that cultural filter that we view the world until we enter adulthood? Then, as we engage in the world, do we see or ignore its cracks? If we become aware of a power dynamic, is it a comfortable order? – or does it provoke a resistance?

This lecture is a preamble to the exhibition Qui parle ? / Who Speaks?, curated by Katrie Chagnon, which gathers the Gallery’s new acquisitions including works by Suzy Lake.

Presented in collaboration with Conversations in Contemporary Art, the Concordia University MFA Studio Arts visiting artist lecture series

Suzy Lake was born and raised in Detroit. She emigrated to Canada in 1968. She was a founding member of Vehicule Art Inc. (Montreal) and later, the Toronto Photographers Workshop Gallery (Toronto). Her early work was included in several historical conceptual and feminist exhibitions, such as: Wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution (LA MoCA, Los Angeles, California), Identity Theft: Eleanor Antin, Lynne Hershman and Suzy Lake (SMMoA, Santa Monica California), and Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980. Lake retired from teaching in 2008 to focus on her studio practice full time. Since “retirement”, she has had a full career retrospective Introducing Suzy Lake at the Art Gallery of Ontario (2014), received the Governor General’s Award in Art and Media (2016), and won the 2016 Scotiabank Photography Award.