Suzy Lake has been exhibiting nationally and internationally since the early 1970s, with important early career solo exhibitions in Montreal and Toronto (at commercial galleries, artist-run centres, and museums) and, through the past four decades, significant exhibitions that have toured across Canada. In 2014 she had a major retrospective, Introducing Suzy Lake, at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), which was accompanied by an extensive catalogue. In 2017 she was honoured with an exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre as part of her Scotiabank Photography Award win. She has also participated in important group exhibitions internationally, notably exhibitions on feminist art, including WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution in 2007 and, more recently, WOMAN: The Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s, Works from the Sammlung Verbund (Vienna). She continues to exhibit, and is represented by Toronto dealer Georgia Scherman.


Installation view of So Whose Gaze Is It Now?, April 20–May 26, 2012, at Georgia Scherman Projects in Toronto, photographer unknown.


Key Solo Exhibitions



Choreographed Puppets, Optica Gallery, Montreal.


imPOSITIONS, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Mohawk Gallery, Hamilton.


Are You Talking to Me…?, Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto; Optica Gallery, Montreal; Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon (1980); Station Gallery, Whitby; White Water Gallery, North Bay (1981).


Pre-Resolution: Using the Ordinances at Hand, Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto.


Authority Is an Attribute… part 2, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, University of Guelph; Gallery TPW, Toronto; WKP Kennedy Gallery, North Bay (1992); Art Gallery of Peterborough (1995).


Point of Reference, CMCP retrospective tour, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa; Surrey Art Gallery; London Regional Art Gallery, London (1996); Glenbow Art Gallery, Calgary (1997).


Re-Reading Recovery, Le Mois de la Photo, Montreal.


Suzy Lake: Revealment/Concealment, Hallwalls Gallery, Buffalo (catalogue).


Rhythm of a True Space, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival public installation, Toronto.


Political Poetics, University of Toronto Art Centre, Toronto (touring); Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax; McIntosh Gallery, Western University, London; Peterborough Art Gallery; Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, University of Guelph (catalogue).


Introducing Suzy Lake, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (retrospective, publication).


Suzy Lake: Scotiabank Photography Award, Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto (catalogue).



Select Group Exhibitions



Quebec 75, Musée d’art contemporain, Montreal.


Beau, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa.


Faking Death: Canadian Photography and the Canadian Imagination, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York City.


WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution (travelling exhibition): Museum of Contemporary Art/Geffen Contemporary, Los Angeles; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; MoMA PS1, Queens, New York; Vancouver Art Gallery (2008) (catalogue).


Identity Theft: Eleanor Antin, Lynn Hershman and Suzy Lake, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica (catalogue).


Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965–1980, University of Toronto Galleries, Toronto (travelling exhibition); Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD University, Halifax; Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton; Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal (2011); Vancouver Art Gallery (2012).



WOMAN: The Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s: Works from the Sammlung Verbund, Vienna (touring exhibition): Circulo de Bellas Artes de Madrid; the BOZAR, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels; Mjellby Konstmuseum, Halmstad, Sweden (2014); Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany (2015); Photographers Gallery, London, England (2016); Museum of Modern Art, Vienna; ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (2017); Brno House of Arts, Brno, Czech Republic; Stavanger Art Museum, Norway (2018).



Although predominantly a visual artist whose work often represents performances for the camera, Lake has occasionally performed as herself or in the character of Suzy Spice. Her early performance experimentations were held in her studio but have gone on to be considered important early works in her oeuvre.



Annual Feast, the artist’s studio, Montreal.


Behavioural Prints, the artist’s studio, Montreal.


Spice Girls at the Rivoli, YYZ benefit performance at the Rivoli, Toronto.


Extended Breathing in the Rivera Frescoes, Detroit Institute of the Arts, Detroit.



Major Publications/Catalogues

Cover of Suzy Lake produced for the Scotiabank Photography Award, 2018.
Cover of Border Crossings Magazine, no. 49, published January 1994, featuring Suzy Lake’s Pre-Resolution: Using the Ordinances at Hand #3, 1983/1984.

Brower, Matthew, Carla Garnet, and Dot Tuer. Suzy Lake: Political Poetics. Toronto: University of Toronto Art Centre, University of Toronto Press, 2011.


Hanna, Martha. Suzy Lake: Point of Reference. Ottawa: Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, 1993.


Jenkner, Ingrid. Authority Is an Attribute… part 2, essays by Gerta Moray, Mary LaRonde, and David Kilgour. Guelph, ON: Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, 1991.


Lake, Suzy. Suzy Lake: Performing an Archive, Dazibao Book Prize. Montreal and London, UK: Black Dog Publishing, 2015.


Reckitt, Helena, and Georgiana Uhlyarik. Suzy Lake, Scotiabank Photography Award. Toronto and Gottingen, Germany: Scotiabank and Steidl, 2018.


Uhlyarik, Georgiana, ed. Introducing Suzy Lake. London, UK: Black Dog Publishing, 2014.



Articles about Suzy Lake

Baird, Daniel. “Self-Inventions: The Photography of Suzy Lake.” Border Crossings, no. 119 (September 2011),


Enright, Robert. “The Many Faces of Suzy Lake.” Border Crossings, no. 132 (December 2014): 30.


Kustanczy, Catherine. “The Many Faces of Suzy Lake.” Hyperallergic (February 26, 2015),


Lamy, Laurent. “Suzy Lake par Suzy Lake: Images et métaphores.” Vie des arts 20, no. 78 (1975): 32–33.


Cover of Border Crossings Magazine, no. 132, published December 2014, featuring Suzy Lake. On the cover is a reproduction of Lake’s Performing Haute Couture #1, 2014.

Meagher, Michelle. “Against the Invisibility of Old Age: Cindy Sherman, Suzy Lake, and Martha Wilson.” Feminist Studies 40, no. 1 (January 2014): 101–43.


Pontbriand, Chantal. “Suzy Lake: A Genuine Simulation of…” Montreal: Véhicule Co-op Press, 1975.



Interviews with Suzy Lake

Clarke, Bill, and Suzy Lake. “Suzy Lake: Interview with a Maker of Change.” Canadian Art 29, no. 4 (2013): 110.


Enright, Robert, and Suzy Lake. “Researching the Self: Robert Enright Interviews Suzy Lake.” Border Crossings 13, no. 1 (January 1994): 12–20.


Goodden, Sky, and Suzy Lake. “The Difficulty in Distilling Suzy Lake.” Momus (March 23, 2015),


Ironside, Chris, and Suzy Lake. “Suzy Lake: Renaissance Woman.” Magenta Magazine 2, no. 1 (Winter 2011),



Documentary and Video about Suzy Lake

Caines, Cliff. Suzy Lake: Visual Artist and 2016 Canada Council Laureate, 2016. 4:00 min.


Mangaard, Annette. Suzy Lake: Playing with Time, 2014. 61:48 min.


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