Suzy Lake’s rigorous and challenging approach to art-making has earned her recognition as a seminal figure in Canadian visual art. Over the past 40 years, she has captured the experience and expression of female identity within contemporary political, social, and media milieus. Widely regarded as a pioneer in body-based work, her photographic and performative explorations offer a powerful and nuanced investigation of embodiment, femininity, and beauty. Her work opens up the fraught figure-ground relationship between image and identity. Political Poetics showcases Lake’s most recent time-based works, framing them within the broader context of a career long exploration of embodied subjectivity.

Organized with University of Toronto Art Centre

Curated by Matthew Brower and Carla Garnet