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Suzy Lake

Born in Detroit (Michigan), United States, in 1947

After moving to Montréal in 1968, American-born artist Suzy Lake emerged onto the Canadian art scene during the first half of the 1970s. In 1972, she co-founded Véhicule Art, one of the first artist-run centres in Canada, and held her first exhibitions there before moving to Toronto in 1978. In the history of Québec and Canadian art, Suzy Lake is a pioneer in the field of performance art, video and photography. Her work centers on feminist concerns that question the politics of the female body while addressing issues of beauty and aging, and more broadly, gender and identity.

Portait of Suzy Lake.
Photo: courtesy of the artist