Performing an Archive 

On October 6, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Book launch of the publication Performing an Archive by Suzy Lake, followed by the screening of Annette Mangaard’s documentary Suzy Lake: Playing with Time (2014 – 61:48 minutes) at 7 pm


In Performing an Archive, Suzy Lake, an essential figure in Canadian contemporary art with an international reputation, continues her exploration of questions around identity and social issues. Drawing on history and her own family history, Lake bears witness to the urban, demographic and social development of Detroit, a city marked throughout the twentieth century by economic decline, racial tension and a startling crime rate. In a performative process, she visits the scene of various locations where her ancestors lived.


With this book, Dazibao rewards Suzy Lake, recipient of the Dazibao award, conferred during the 2013 edition of the Mois de la Photo à Montréal (curator: Paul Wombell) and for which Suzy Lake presented the work Reduced Performing.

For each edition of the Mois de la Photo à Montréal, Dazibao confers a prize to an artist participating in the event and whose work is particularly significant. This prize consists in the realisation of a book in Dazibao’s Les portables series. Since 2007, Dazibao has rewarded the prize to Gustavo Artigas (2007), Zineb Sedira (2009) and Jim Verburg (2011).


Performing an Archive

Dazibao thanks the artist and Black Dog Publishing for their generous collaboration and its members for their support.

Dazibao receives financial support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the ministère de la Culture et des Communications and the Ville de Montréal.