I create collaborative projects, often with a focus on how people utilize, inhabit and conceive of their living spaces. Through photography, video, and installation, I have presented my work in a variety of nontraditional settings, in order to create public situations where viewers can engage in a process of discovery with my subjects. Architecture, social practice, and theories of perception are at the core of my research. My subjects are rooted in the relationships that I develop with others, ranging from a community of women living in a residence hall, to a variety of performers (including a choir, a tap dancer, a Michael Jackson impersonator, and a conductor). My recent project is entitled, everything that ought to have remained, and documents the expulsion of the aged members of a religious order from their home on the grounds of a former military hospital in New Mexico.
Leigh Davis was born in Pittsburgh, PA. In 2006, she completed her MFA in photography at Concordia University in Montreal. Davis has been included in various exhibitions including The Center for Urban Pedagogy's, "City Without a Ghetto" at the Storefront for Art and Architecture. She has received funding for her collaborative projects throughout New York from the Brooklyn Arts Council, the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Puffin Foundation. Davis' photographic work has been published in various publications including, New York Magazine and The New York Times Magazine. She currently teaches classes at Parsons The New School for Design. Davis lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.