The resulting photographic works show the artist documenting these often decrepit locations and their surroundings. Lake emphasizes that recent revitalization efforts have gone beyond the Detroit business core: "the garbage and street litter in working class neighbourhoods are gone, indicative of hope and the critical role of community effort in development and urban planning."
This work was developed in 2014 through a Canadian Residency program in Detroit. The accompanying artist book was produced through Lake's Dazibao Prize (Montreal), awarded in 2013.
The principle exhibition of this new body of work, Suzy Lake: Performing an Archive, is on view at the McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Ontario from May 5 to August 20, 2016 and will travel to the Art Gallery of Windsor in winter 2017.
Organized with Dr. Ihor Holubizky, Senior Curator at McMaster Museum of Art