Crédit photo: Jana La Brasca

Zoe Leonard


Zoe Leonard (1961) has produced, since the late 1980s, a conceptually charged and politically engaged oeuvre which is based on her practice as a photographer whilst encompassing installations and sculptures. She is also a founding member of fierce pussy. Her works result from close observation and bring together a documentary approach to photography with the physical and embodied nature of the gaze. Migration and displacement, gender and sexuality, grief and loss, cultural history and the tensions between the natural world and the built environment are some of the recurring themes that traverse her work. Her installation Strange Fruit (1992-1997), made up of fruit skins (banana and orange peels) sewn together with red thread pays tribute to friends who died from AIDS-related illnesses, including the artist David Wojnarowicz. In her project for the current exhibition, provisionally entitled Untitled (Palais de Tokyko), she revisits the piece she installed at the Neue Galerie in Kassel for documenta 9 in 1992.