Leigh Ledare, et al. by Elena Filipovic (Ed.)
Published by WIELS & Mousse Publishing (2012)
American artist Leigh Ledare uses photography, archival material and text to explore human agency, social relationships, taboos and the photographic, in equal turns. Formally trained in photography, this erstwhile assistant of Larry Clark has, in a relatively short time, developed a body of work that is coherent, complex, biting in its intelligence and decidedly provocative. Emphasizing the central role that others – mother, family members, ex-lover, collectors, anonymous patrons, etc. – play in his work, and the slippage of authorship and agency that he often deliberately gives them, the artist has entitled his first institutional solo exhibition organized by WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, and the catalogue that accompanies it: Leigh Ledare, et al. The richly illustrated full-color publication, including two newly commissioned essays and an interview with the artist, features examples from nearly all his photographic series to date, as well as stills of video works, text-based pieces, and a number of newly produced pieces never shown before.