Performing an Archive continues Suzy Lake’s exploration and questioning of social issues and identity. Drawing from research into her historical and familial ancestry, Lake bears witness—literally and figuratively—to the cycle of urban, demographic, and social development of working class Detroit. The city was marked in the 20th century by an economic boom, but in recent years has suffered from a striking decline with dramatic population shifts and racial tension. Through her documented performance, Lake visited locations in Detroit where her family members lived during the mid-19th century and up to the 1920s.
Organized with Dr. Ihor Holubizky, Senior Curator at McMaster Museum of Art
Image Credit: Suzy Lake, 408 Dubois Avenue, Dorothy Schneider, 1885, 2014/16
20 x 30 inches unframed, archival ink-jet print, edition of 3