Suzy Lake has had a long exhibition career internationally. In the early 1970s, she was one of a pioneering group of artists to adopt performance, video, and photography to explore the politics of gender, the body, and identity. Using costumes, make-up, and props, the artist creates self-portraits for the camera, often assuming new identities.
This exhibition presents two never before shown early suites of works: Imitations of Myself(1977/2012); and Suzy Lake as Françoise Sullivan (1975/2012). While shot in the early 1970s, these works have only now been produced. Imitations of Myself, the centrepiece of the exhibition, entails a grid sequence of 48 c-prints wherein Lake is seen applying make-up. In Suzy Lake as Françoise Sullivan, the artist transforms herself as a response to the acclaimed Québéçois choreographer and artist.
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