Lisa Klapstock

Lisa Klapstock is a Canadian lens-based artist whose work investigates visual perception and the role of the camera in affecting the way we view and experience our surroundings. Her photographs and videos often explore a liminal zone between abstraction and realism.

Projects typically involve spending periods of months or years in a chosen place where Klapstock uses the camera as a kind of prosthetic device for seeing — to engage with and depict the environment. A figure is frequently present in her images as an index or a guide. Usually, this figure is the artist herself, engaged in various kinds of performance. Klapstock’s subject matter has included Toronto’s urban laneways and private gardens; man-made and natural landscapes; populated tourist sites; cultural bookstores; a central Ontario forest; and the Mediterranean sea. Recent work explores the human relationship with Nature, as depicted in Dreams of a Place We Have Lived, and Epiphanies.

Klapstock’s work is held in numerous public and private collections, and has been exhibited widely in North America and Europe including the Musée de la Photographie, Belgium; the Museet for Fotokunst, Denmark; the Centre Culturel Canadien, Paris; George Eastman House, New York; the Winnipeg Art Gallery; the National Portrait Gallery of Canada; and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her solo show, Liminal, toured Canada and was accompanied by a catalogue of the same name. She has participated in Residencies in Rotterdam; Helsinki; Copenhagen; Banff; and Crete. Recently, Klapstock published two artist’s books: Somewhere (2022), distributed by Idea Books, and Dreams of a Place We Have Lived (2023).


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