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Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1947, Suzy Lake is a conceptual artist who lives and makes work in Toronto. She was among the first female artists to adopt performance, video and photographic work to explore the politics of gender, the body and identity. She began her studies at Wayne State University and became active in the civil-rights and anti-war movements while she was a student there. She left Detroit and settled in Montreal in 1968 after witnessing the race riots of 1967. Once in Montreal, she studied at Concordia, receiving her MFA in 1978. She was a Full Professor of Fine Art, teaching at the University of Guelph from 1988 until her retirement in 2008. She now works full time in her studio. Suzy was the subject of a major career retrospective organized by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, and is one of 119 women in the historical show WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution 1965-1980.The exhibition was originated by the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and toured major US cities, including the Vancouver Art Gallery in October of 2008. Suzy was also in Identity Theft: Eleanor Antin, Lynn Hershmann and Suzy Lake 1972-1978 at the Santa Monica Museum of Art last year. Throughout her career, Ms. Lake has remained active in the community of co-operative galleries and artist-run centers.

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