25 July – 29 August 2020
10 – 12 September 2020
Gallery Weekend Berlin
Christine Roland and Kara Hamilton
At Kurfürstenstraße 156
Site-specific installation at Henry Art Gallery
University of Washington, Seattle
11 June 2020 – 7 February 2021
Suzanne Hudson, World of Art: Contemporary Painting, Thames & Hudson
Olomouc Triennale 2020: The Universal, curated by Gina Renotière
Diversity United. Contemporary European Art
Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
11 November 2020 – 21 February 2021
Undo Things Done Exhibition Tour
Senedd, National Assembly for Wales
26 July – 9 September 2020
Masculinities: Liberation through Photography
Barbican Centre, London; Luma Foundation, Arles, and Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin
Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin, established in 2008, is dedicated to developing a cross-disciplinary, trans-generational gallery programme with off-site projects, in collaboration with artists, filmmakers, critics, art historians, and curators. Its international exhibition programme reflects a variety of opinions and practices as well as Leighton’s associations with American and British experimental cinema, artist’s film and video, performance, minimal and conceptual art.
Director: Simon Gowing
Director: Patrick Armstrong
Gallery Manager: Melanie Isabel García
Finance Manager: Stefan Schuster
Tanya Leighton GmbH
Kurfürstenstraße 156 & 24/25
Open Tuesday – Saturday
11am – 6pm and by appointment
20 April – 14 June 2008, Centre d'art contemporain de Brétigny, France
I work with photography, performance, film attempting to create a conversation between individual pieces I produce as well as using them as independent entities, within the installational work I observe the instability of representation via the porosity of images, the dynamics of surfaces creating dimensional images ; within the films I explore the idea of juxtaposition and performativity of materials further within the use of subjects and their sense of absence and alienation in a given space ; on the other hand with the performances I directly explore the idea of the body as material. I intentionally add layers to highlight the complexity of the reading of images, intertextuality or the potential of references play an important role ; the work of French writer Marguerite Duras was a great influence in the ways she deconstructed texts but also expanded their content through other forms. The narrativity of content and the narrativity of form are always in a dialogue through the media I engage with, again within an independent piece as well as juxtaposed ones.
My work has been greatly influenced by the work of David Hammons, Lili Dujourie, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Chantal Akerman but above all by Marguerite Duras.
In the past few years, I have rigorously concentrated on Marguerite Duras and her relation to writing, films, and her repetition and condensation of the story of absolute love which she practically removes from the text and sets up as a universal memory for the reader/viewer to rewrite, transporting the story to new narrative regions. Her example of translating life’s experience into representation, as much as the way she sustains, renders desire and memory through her themes and form in a parallel axis, constitute the core of my practice, being myself from the French west-indies, having been brought up in France and being now in Holland after having lived in London, the notion of space, belonging as much as absence and alienation are problematics that constantly question the centre of my work, where doubts and fragmentation as well as repetition
I investigate the relation between imaging, and the body in the form of research around the body and its redundancy in respect to different media, by producing performances, performances for the video as well as films, I explore the failure of processes of identification, their limit but also through productivity, the possibility of their constant reinscription into new and different meaning.