Suzanne Lafont (b.1949 in Nîmes, lives in Paris) is well known for her stylized images and theatrical narrative scenes. She turned to visual art after her literary and philosophical studies, focusing her attention on how images result from a process of cultural elaboration and construction. Her more recent work develops the fictional aspect of images, exploring the ludic potential of illusion.
Since the 1980s, Lafont has participated in numerous exhibitions worldwide, among others La photographie en France, 1950-2000, Maison européenne de la Photographie, Paris (2011); elles@centrepompidou, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2009); Street & Studio: An Urban History of Photography, Tate Modern, London (2008) and Museum Folkwang, Essen (2009); Universal Archive, Macba, Barcelona (2008); REAL. Portrait from a corporate collector of DZ Bank, Städel Museum, Frankfurt (2008); as well as documenta IX (1992) and documenta X (1997).
Solo exhibitions include Nouvelles espèces de compagnie. Roman, Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux, 2019; Situation Comedy, MUDAM, Luxembourg (2011); Pinacoteca do Estado, São Paulo (2005); Musée d’Art Contemporain de Marseille (1999); Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris (1992). Index was Lafont’s first collaboration with Erna Hecey Gallery in Brussels (2008). Erna Hecey presented a solo exhibition focusing on Index and Situations Comedy at Paris Photo in 2015, followed the same year by SITUATIONS, a major solo exhibition at Carée d’Art, Musée d’art contemporain, Nîmes.