Scotiabank Photography Award: Suzy Lake


April 29 - August 13, 2017

Opening Party: April 28, 7pm

This exhibition celebrates the career of Canadian artist Suzy Lake, 2016 Scotiabank Photography Award winner, renowned internationally for her work on self-representation, female identity and the aging body. This survey of more than fifty objects, made between 1976 to 2014, brings focus to Lake’s artistic process and methodologies. Including never-before-seen photographs, maquettes and working materials, the exhibition examines this important artist’s career of experimentation and unwavering efforts through the years to push the boundaries of the photographic medium.

The exhibition is presented by Scotiabank, organized by the Ryerson Image Centre, and is a primary exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Related events:
Friday, April 28, 7 pm: Join us for the exhibitions opening party
Wednesday, May 24, 7 pm: Join us for an artist talk with Suzy Lake
All events take place at the RIC (33 Gould Street), unless otherwise noted.



Suzy Lake

Publication by STEIDL, Germany

This book presents Suzy Lake’s bold explorations of gender, the body and identity. Along with her expansive use of the photographic medium, these concerns make Lake an exemplary model for contemporary artists. Combining a deep knowledge of photographic conventions with strong personal convictions, she produces work that both inspires and provokes thought. Beauty at a Proper Distance/In Song (2001–02), for example, challenges notions of beauty and the aging body in a society that glorifies youth. Here Lake installed light boxes in public places depicting highly saturated close-up images of her face. In Performing Haute Couture (2014), she modeled high fashion designed for much younger models to celebrate and assert her maturity and authority.

Lake is a skilled and pioneering adapter of technology, which she employs to position photography as an art form and a vehicle of metaphor. In Reduced Performing(2008) she utilized the most sophisticated scanning technology available to scan the entire length of her body. At times explicitly political and at others quietly empowering, her photography is always rooted in a critical awareness of the self. The questions Lake raises are as relevant now, in the superficial age of social media, as ever before.
228 pages, 170 images
24.8 x 30.5 cm
1. Edition 04/2017