Leigh Ledare | the artist
The artist Leigh Ledare
Born 1976, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Lives and works in New York City, .
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You are nothing to me, You are like air.
A woman with dyed red hair romps on the bed in sheer black lingerie, licking her lips and spreading her legs unabashedly for the camera. The images resemble profile pictures on a swingers website, or an amateur porn collaboration between a middle-aged divorcee and her new boyfriend. But in fact, its her son behind the camera. The question is whether theres anything left to discuss beyond the obvious broken taboo and blatant manifestation of Oedipal complex, or whether we dismiss this as exploitation, sensationalism, or a severe case of over-sharing.
Works and biography
Pretend Youre Actually Alive can be viewed as an archive of a mother and sons shared, private moments amidst the desperate attempts to renew her identity as a dancer this time working as a stripper in a club beside her parents apartment. Pretend Youre Actually Alive is also a mapping of Ledares mothers efforts to commodify herself initially through her precocious childhood talent, later through her overt sexuality, and eventually through the portrayal of herself as an archetypal victim in efforts to find companionship, attention, financial security, and a benefactor before her youthful, marketable currencies expire…