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Suzy Lake visual artist

Suzy Lake has been examining and critiquing ideals of the body, gender and identity since the late 1960s. In her photographs, videos and performances, (she) has been a prescient image-maker – most often using herself as a model – who continues to interrogate ideas of beauty, aging and the self. Her work is rooted in the artistic experimentation of the 1960s and 1970s; second wave feminism and the politics of representation; and the language of conceptual art.

Indeed Lake’s contributions also seem all the more poignant in light of today’s contemporary art practices which have infused new vigour into feminist work, relational/social practices and material investigations of the medium of photography.

Sophie Hackett and Georgiana Uhlyarik, associate curators, Art Gallery of Ontario