Phaidon Contemporary Artist Series
Text by Julia Bryan-Wilson, Jeannine Tang, and Lanka Tattersall
Born 1970, Baltimore, Maryland. Lives and works in New York City.
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
Black Box: Sharon Hayes, Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland
Nothing Will Be As Before, Tanya Leighton, Berlin
Artists for Studio Voltaire, Studio Voltaire, London
Department of Contemporary Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota
I can call this progress to halt, LACE, Los Angeles
Change of State, Essex Street, New York
The Revolution Will Not Be Gray, Aspen Art Museum, Colorado
Curators’ Series #9. Way of Living (curated by Arcadia Missa), David Roberts Art Foundation, London
In the Near Future
‘In the Near Future’ is a performance-based artwork in which Hayes stages anachronistic and speculative protest actions in an ongoing investigation into the figure of the protester, the speech act of the protest sign and the contemporary political construction of public space and public speech.
‘In the Near Future’ exists in two parts: the first part is a series of performative actions and the second is an installation in which the photographic documents of these actions are projected from multiple slide projectors. Taken over several years in locations of current or historic public speech or protest - Brussels, London, New York, Paris, Vienna, Warsaw - the performative-actions of ‘In the Near Future’ are not constructed as a literal reenactment of a past protest but rather function as a citation of sorts: one that marks both the memory of a past protest and the possibility of a future one.