Born 1970, Baltimore. Lives and works in New York City.
Nel Mezzo, Tanya Leighton, Berlin
Echo, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
If They Should Ask, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
In My Little Corner of the World, Anyone Would Love You, The Common Guild, Glasgow
In My Little Corner of the World, Anyone Would Love You, Studio Voltaire, London
Mapping the Collection, Museum Ludwig, Cologne (forthcoming)
Glasgow International, Glasgow (forthcoming)
Read My Lips, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Politics of Rhetoric, The Print Center, Philadelphia
Nothing Will Be As Before, Tanya Leighton, Berlin
Artists for Studio Voltaire, Studio Voltaire, London
I March In The Parade of Liberty But As Long As I Love You I’m Not Free
I March In The Parade of Liberty But As Long As I Love You I’m Not Free, was a eight-part performance that took place between December 2007 and January 2008, where Hayes walked from the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York to sites of public speech such as Union Square, Tompkins Square, Confucius Square in Chinatown, and Christopher Street Park.
In this work, I stood on the street with a bullhorn in New York City and spoke a love letter to an anonymous ‘you’. I look like I’m doing ‘public speech’ but I’m speaking to a lover who I’ve been separated from for some reason that the texts don’t quite explain. While I’m talking about love and desire, I am also bringing up the war and the way in which the war interrupts and doesn’t interrupt our daily lives, our activities, our desires, our love. For me, this work attempts to speak about certain intersections between love and politics that aren’t so often talked about. (Hayes)
Continuing the artist’s interrogation of the infinitesimal distance that separates the public from the private, this work is a reflection on the difference between speaking and listening — a kind of confession combining the idiom of politics, the transmission of secrets, and the language of love.
The subsequent audio installation is comprised of one PA system, speaker, and a single framed spray-painted work on paper.