Leslie Hewitt’s work invites viewers to experience a unique space between photography and sculpture. Her compositions are often comprised of political, social, and personal materials that result in the possibility of seeing multiple histories embedded in sculptural, architectural, and even abstract forms. Mundane objects and structures open into complex systems of knowledge; this perceptual slippage is what attracts her to both the illusions of film (still and moving photography) and the undeniable presence of physical objects (sculpture). Exploring this as an artist and not as a historiographer, she draws parallels between the formal appearance of things and their significance to collective history and political consciousness in contemporary art.
Hewitt graduated from The Cooper Union School of Art in 2000. From 2001-2003, she was a Clark Fellow at New York University in the Africana and Cultural studies programs. She received her MFA from Yale University. Her recent exhibitions include Momentum Series 15: Leslie Hewitt, The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (2011), Massachusetts; The Anxiety of Photography, Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (2011); Human Nature: Contemporary Art from the Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California (2011); Untitled (Level): Leslie Hewitt in collaboration with Bradford Young, Studio Museum Harlem, New York (2011); New Photography 2009, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2009); and the 2008 Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of Art, New York (2009). She was in residence at the American Academy in Berlin in 2012; was a recipient of the 2010 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Individual Artist Grant; and was the 2009-2010 Mildred Londa Weisman Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.