Working with photography, archives, film and text, the focus of Ledare’s practice lies in an investigation of how we are formed as subjects, not merely at the level of identity but at the level of our projected desires, motivations and aspirations. These inter-relational drives often impose irreconcilable demands on the individual. His work explores this position of ambivalence as it relates to agency, representation, self-presentation, and issues produced by the enactment of this work in the context of the real world.
Born in Seattle, Washington in 1976, Leigh Ledare received his MFA from Columbia University in 2008. He is currently included in the group exhibition un certain regard at Dürst Britt & Mayhew in the Hague. His forthcoming solo exhibition will be held in April this year at the Box Gallery in Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions include: place du jar din aux fleurs, Office Baroque, Brussels (2016); Double Bind, Art Unlimited, curated by Gianni Jetzer, Basel (2015); Ana and Carl, and Some Other Couples (with Nic Guagnini), Max Mayer Gallery, Dusseldorf (2014); Leigh Ledare, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York (2014); Leigh Ledare et al, Kunsthal Charlottenborg (2013); Leigh Ledare et al, WIELS, Brussels, (2012); Leigh Ledare, The Box, Los Angles (2012); An Invitation Pilar Corrias, London (2012); The Confectioner’s Confectioner, Pilar Corrias, London (2010); Double Bind, The Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, Moscow; Pretend You’re Actually Alive, Les Rencontres de Arles, Arles (2009); Leigh Ledare, Swiss Institute New York (2009); Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2008); International Center of Photography, New York (2008); You Are Nothing To ME. You Are Like Air, Rivington Arms Gallery (2008). Group exhibitions include: Fondazione Prada (2016); Private Exposure, me Collectors Room Berlin / Foundation Olbricht, Berlin (2016); Bread and Roses, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2016); Between Enpowerment and Crisis: Images of Motherhood from 1900 to Today, LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz (2015); Love, Nymphius Projekte, Berlin (2015); Chercher le garcon, Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine (2015); Sexe, Beatitude et Logique Compatable [Sex, beatitude and accounting logic], Michèle Didier Gallery, Paris (2015); Paperwork: A Brief History of Artists’ Scrapbooks, Fox Reading Room, Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2014); Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood, The Photographer’s Gallery, London (2013); Lips Painted Red, Trondheim Kunstmuseum (2013); Collaborations & Interventions, CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain (2012); How Soon is Now, The Garage CCC, Moscow Russia, Curated by Beatrix Ruf, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Tom Eccles, Liam Gillick, Philippe Parreno (2010); Greater New York 2010, curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Neville Wakefield and Connie Butler, P.S. 1 MoMA, New York (2010);Prague Biennale (2009).
Leigh Ledare lives and works in New York.