Lynn Hershman Leeson
With a practice spanning more than 50 years, American artist Lynn Hershman Leeson (US, 1941) is considered one of today’s most influential media artists. She has made pioneering contributions to photography, video, film, performance, installation and interactive media as well as net-based media art. Her practice combines art with social commentary and focuses on the changing relationship between the body and technology.
Hershman Leeson is perhaps best known for her fictitious persona Roberta Breitmore, who she brought to life through performances and photographs between 1974 and 1978. Her alter ego consisted not only of a physical self-transformation through make-up, clothing and wigs, but was a fully-fledged personality existing over an extended period of time. Hershman Leeson is also a renowned filmmaker, notably of the groundbreaking documentary !Women Art Revolution (2011), about the feminist art movement in the United States.
Her work is part of the exhibition Some Things Hidden (2018), shown at Framer Framed, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.