Leigh Ledare’s artistic methodology is both conceptual and performative. His work maps socio-psychological relations inscribed within photography, language, and public and private social constructions. Straddling the trouble-making potential of photography, and real-life yet hard-to-fathom scenarios, he pries open the space of what culturally resists discussion, how we circulate ourselves as images, and the roles we ask art to play. His projects have included an extended exploration of the erotic life of his mother; Double Bind, for which the artist photographed his ex-wife over a four-day stay at a remote cabin, and subsequently arranged for her new husband to perform a repetition of this trip; and images of Ledare, directed by women to whose personal advertisements he responded. It’s all too bare, honest, and uneasy to look away.
Leigh Ledare, Me and Mom in Photobooth, 2008, Unique silver gelatin print photo booth strips, 7.75 x 6 inches, Courtesy of the artist