TC Colley Lecture Series - Leigh Ledare

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7:00pm

Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum Chace Center, 20 North Main Street, Providence, RI

Leigh Ledare uses photography, archival material, and text to explore human agency, social relationships, taboos and the photographic in equal turns. His works importantly disconcert us, in the process raising questions about the functioning of the image and the construction of subjectivity in contemporary culture. Ledare's 2008 book, Pretend You’re Actually Alive, pictures the fantasies and realities of his mother’s life with images alternately graphic, tender, and strange. His distinct but related bodies of work are studies not only of their visible subjects, but also of photography itself: how it mediates identity, relationships, love, loss, and, perhaps above all, human vulnerability. They are also indexes of the relationships of the artist with others–mother, family members, ex-wife, collectors, anonymous patrons, etc.–which, from the start, have played a central role in Ledare's work. Ledare has shown widely within the United States and Europe, recently having had major surveys of his work at WIELS Center for Contemporary Culture, Brussels, as well as Charlottenborg Kunsthal, Copenhagen. He holds a degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated with an MFA from Columbia University. He has taught at Columbia University, California Institute of the Arts, and New York University.

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