Born in 1961, Zoe Leonard is a self-taught photographer, who lives and works in New York, where she was born. She is associated with feminist activism and the fight for gay rights. Her work asks questions about the types and stereotypes found in representations of women, but is not confined to this area. She also reflects on the nature of the photographic medium, the perception of images, history, and representation in museums. A two-year stay in an isolated part of Alaska in the mid-nineties had a strong impact on her work, motivating her to explore the relationship between culture and nature, as can be seen in her photographs of decapitated game, skinned and disemboweled by the northern hunters. These graphic works challenge the image of nature as free and uncontaminated, as projected in nineteenth-century American painting and photography, and show that man and beast are in reality forced to live side-by-side.
Zoe Leonard’s works have been previously exhibited at Palazzo Grassi in “Voice of Images” (2012) and at Punta della Dogana in "Slip of the Tongue" (2015-2016).