MAWA: Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art: Wendy Wersch Memorial Lecture: Chess with Suzy Lake, October 27

Sunday, October 27, 2019

2pm

Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street

Free! Everyone is welcome

Suzy Lake began her art practice at a time of great social and political change. Prompted by activism, she merged what was happening on the street with what could happen in the studio.

In this lecture, Lake will investigate issues of resistance in contemporary art and how different voices have nurtured empowerment and created change. Importantly, Lake will contextualize her work within recent erosions under patriarchal gamesmanship. The talk will be illustrated by her recent art projects – examples of cultural perseverance.

Suzy Lake immigrated to Canada in 1968 from Detroit, Michigan. She was a founding member of Véhicule Art Inc. (Montreal) and the Toronto Photographers Workshop Gallery (Toronto). Her work has been included in several historic conceptual and feminist exhibitions. The Art Gallery of Ontario presented a full-career retrospective of her work, Introducing Suzy Lake, in 2014. Significant honours include a 2016 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts and the 2016 Scotiabank Photography Prize. Lake's work is represented by Georgia Scherman Projects (Toronto).

The Wendy Wersch Lecture is an annual event that celebrates the memory of Winnipeg artist Wendy Wersch and is dedicated to exploring issues related to autonomy for women artists. The lectures focus on women in the arts as role models for innovative cultural investigation. The series builds awareness of feminist art criticism, activism and practice. This lecture, organized by the Wendy Wersch Memorial Committee, is supported by Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA) and The Winnipeg Foundation.