Overview

Through her conceptual work on images and narrative compositions of theatrical scenes, Suzanne Lafont explores the cultural processes of image construction.

(b. 1949 in Nîmes, France, lives and works in Paris and Brussels)

 

Since the 1980s, Suzanne Lafont has made a mark on the contemporary photography scene with her atypical approach to the problematics raised by visual representation. She turned to visual art after her studies in literature and philosophy, focusing her attention on how images result from a process of cultural elaboration and construction. Her recent work develops the fictional aspect of images, exploring the ludic potential of illusion. The photographic tool is above all an instrument of interrogation, a starting point from which to reflect, beyond the forms themselves, on the issues of representation in the present moment of perception.

Biography

As early as the 1990s Lafont’s work gained international recognition. She participated in documenta IX (1992) and documenta X (1997), had solo exhibitions at Carré d’Art, Musée d’art Contemporain, Nîmes, France (2015), Mudam Musée d’art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg (2011), Pinacotheca do Estado, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2004), Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France (1994), MoMA, Museum of Modern Art New York, NY (1992). Suzanne Lafont took part in numerous landmark group exhibitions such as Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires, Argentina (2016), Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria (2014), Maison européenne de la Photographie, Paris (2011), Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2010), MACBA, Barcelona, Spain (2008), Tate Modern, London, UK (2010), Villa Médicis, Rome, Italy (2004), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (2000), Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, Montréal, Canada (1995).

 

Her work is included in many important public collections such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Whitney Museum; Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); The Jewish Museum; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Art Institute of Chicago; Centre Pompidou Paris; Museion, Museum of Contemporary Art of Bolzano; Sammlung Verbund Collection, Vienna, amongst others.

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