Lynn Hershman Leeson: Civic Radar
Exhibition Review
Feb 11, 2017
Aurelio Cianciotta

Thank goodness we still have major personal exhibitions that produce extensive monographs of relevant artists, without having to rely on publishers’ taste and economics alone. This thick luxurious ZKM catalogue of Lynn Hershman Leeson’s work, produced after her retrospective exhibition, is the most complete to date on the artist, achieving a long-overdue public acknowledgement of her work. The provocative media artist has produced artworks that are often more consistent and relevant than those by short-lived radical groups, but without any need to scream. Her way of dealing with identity, surveillance and biological issues is unique, employing a true feminist attitude in both ironic and rigorous works. Among these are the groundbreaking impersonation of the fictional Roberta Breitmore, or the series of science fiction movies with Tilda Swinton (also author of one of the included texts)…