Lynn Hershman Leeson is a groundbreaking artist in the fields of photography, video, film, performance, installation and media art. Hershman Leeson started her artistic career in the 1960s, drawing attention to social issues such as the relationship between man and machine, the relation of the real to the virtual; and the construction of identity.
Hershman Leeson is famous for her four-year performace work, Roberta Breitmore, begun in 1974. A fictional character, Hershman Leeson lent real credibility to Roberta (having her own bank account, drivers' license and therapy sessions): dealing with not just the construction of identity, but the psychology of living in Califormia in the 1970s. In her more recent works Hershman Leeson explores mass media products and technology, like smartphones and scientific developments in the field of genetics.
Recent exhibitions include: Modern Art Oxford (Oxford, 2015); ZKM Museum für Neue Kunst (Karlsruhe, 2014-2015); Tate Modern (London, 2012). Her works are part of important private and public collections, including MoMA, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg.
The artist lives and works in San Francisco, California and New York.