Artist Zoe Leonard works primarily with photography and sculpture. She has exhibited internationally since the 1980s. The photographs Leonard has produced over the past 30 years reveal subtle discrepancies in our everyday life and draw out contradictions between nature and culture, the enduring and the transient, the local and the global. Both her color and black and white images feature a precise eye for details and for the overlooked.
In this lecture, Leonard will discuss her recent ongoing body of work. She explores forced displacement, statelessness, and the multi-generational effects of war through the medium of photography. She photographed old family photographs from the World War II era and the postwar period. Rather than attempting a traditional documentary or archival approach, Leonard uses a wide variety of cameras, formats, and printing processes to create a visual language. Leonard examines the relationship between family snapshots and historic events, the role of vernacular photography in constructing memory and experience, and specifically, what she has described as “statelessness as both an individual experience and a shared social condition."
Selected and recent solo exhibitions include: 100 North Nevill Street, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas (2013–2014), where she transformed the space into an enormous camera obscura, projecting images of the world outside into the exhibition space; and Observation Point at the Camden Arts Centre, London ( 2012), in which Leonard showed her series of sun photographs, pushing the limit of what is possible to record with a camera. Prior exhibitions include a traveling retrospective seen in Madrid, Munich, and Vienna.
Free and open to the public.