This is the first exhibition in Scandinavia by the American artist Leigh Ledare. The exhibition, entitled Leigh Ledare, et al., consists of photographs, texts, film and archival material. Ledare’s works are controversial in subject matter and feature people from the artist’s own life: his mother, his ex-wife, collectors and patrons as well as himself, often in situations of a sexual nature.
The exhibition follows Ledare’s interest in how we are formed as subjects while provocatively testing our boundaries in an ongoing examination of issues related to identity, desire and morality. It deals with questions related to human agency, representation and modes of looking, which can also be connected to reflections on photography as a medium.
The exhibition brings together a wide span of Ledare’s practice from his newest body of work An Invitation (2012) - based on a non-disclosure agreement the artist has signed with a well-known married couple who commissioned him to do a series of erotic photographs of the wife - to his subversive series Pretend You’re Actually Alive (2000–2008), made in collaboration with his ex-ballerina mother, forming an ambiguous portrayal of their relationship.
This exhibition is a collaboration with WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels and is accompanied by a publication.