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l'artiste Sharon Hayes, I Saved Her a Bullet, STAGE SET STAGE

Sharon Hayes, I Saved Her a Bullet, 2012, overhead projection, courtesy of Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin

l'artiste Sharon Hayes, vidéo Her Voice, STAGE SET STAGE

Sharon Hayes, Her Voice, 2012, video loop, 4 min, courtesy of Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Sharon Hayes, talk and demonstration at 4 p.m. on voice, identity and politics followed by a discussion and screening with Andrea Geyer


See the demonstration:




Andrea Geyer and Sharon Hayes, Space Set / Set Space , 2013, plywood construction, courtesy of the artists


At the heart of STAGE SET STAGE is the mobile construction Space Set / Set Space (2013), an in situ installation produced in collaboration by Andrea Geyer and Sharon Hayes, which responds to the works presented and to the research station by creating a framework for them. architectural. The research station will include its own website, a selection of texts and various documentary sources, in addition to providing access to artists' conferences, writings and websites by Andrea Fraser, Walid Raad, Rebecca Belmore, de Terre Thaemlitz, as well as all the other participants in the whole project. It is a space within a space, which offers participants a platform from which they can express themselves and perform the ideas and issues related to identity and the effects of institutionalism, while allowing the visitor to take part or simply remain an observer.



Sharon Hayes, I Saved Her a Bullet , 2012, projection using an overhead projector, courtesy Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin.


In 1977, beauty queen and singer Anita Bryant of Oklahoma was known as much for her radical views on homosexuality as for the ballads that made her famous. Bryant was the head of the Save Our Children political coalition, which successfully overturned an executive order in Dade County, Florida, which banned discrimination based on sexual orientation. On October 14, 1977, Bryant was speaking at a press conference in Des Moines when Thom Higgins, a gay activist, hissed at her. Bryant said mischievously: "At least it's a fruit pie," before starting to pray for him. Here, an image from the event broadcast on television appears twice: once as a physical image on the overhead projector glass and a second time as a projection on the wall. This repetition of Bryant's interrupted speech reflects the two actions by which the speech was made static - first by Higgins and then by Hayes, who time-suspends Higgins' action in order to contemplate its implications again.



Sharon Hayes, Her Voice , 2012, looping video, 4 min, courtesy Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin.


In this looping video, one of a collection of works specially designed for the exhibition, Hayes walks through descriptions of female voices from newspapers dating from the nineteenth century to the present day. Ranging from ostensibly objective accounts to critical judgments, these quotes reveal the ways in which voices are valued and the limits that are placed on individuals as a result of those valuations. Implicit in these quotes are assumptions about gender, an important factor in the complex relationship that binds speech to its reception and interpretation. By substituting firsthand accounts for actual words, Her Voice explores the tensions that exist between the written, spoken and embodied voices.







Over the past decade, Sharon Hayes has embarked on an artistic practice that uses multiple mediums - video, performance and installation - to continually explore the various intersections between history, politics and culture. word. In her work, she is concerned with the development of new representational strategies that examine and question the current political moment, considered not as a moment without historical foundations but as a moment which is always allegorical, which simultaneously joins the present and the past. . To this end, she employs conceptual and methodological approaches borrowed from academic and artistic practices such as theater, film, anthropology, linguistics and journalism. His work has been presented at the New Museum for Contemporary Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the PS1 Contemporary Art Center (MoMA), the TATE Modern, the Yokohama and Guangzhou Triennials (2008), the Istanbul Biennale (2009), among others. ), at the Whitney Biennale (2010), at Documenta 12 in Kassel (2012). She is represented by the Tanya Leighton Gallery in Berlin.




For texts recommended by Sharon Hayes, please consult the research center.


Artist CV

  • Sharon Hayes CV.pdf


Artist's website



  • Sharon Hayes - Various Press Articles.pdf



  • An interview with artist Sharon Hayes at the 55th International Art Exhibition, The Encyclopedic Palace (2013)


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