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
30 May – 24 September 2012, Reina Sofia Museo Nacional Centro de Arte, Madrid
Using methodological and conceptual strategies drawn from spheres of discourse such as theatre, dance, anthropology, archival work and journalism, the projects of Sharon Hayes (Baltimore, Maryland, 1970) explore the sometimes tense relations between history, politics and language, and they dissect the symbolic and narrative mechanisms through which the collective imaginary is built. In her performances, videos and installations, Hayes shows how the process of documenting a historical event ends up conditioning the way we see that event. She also proposes a critical reflection on topics such as the frictions arising between the public and the private – the personal and the collective – in today's media culture and the cathartic and empowering effect of the act of using one's voice and occupying urban space.
In many of her pieces Sharon Hayes, who has always been interested in the performative nature of language, reuses the texts and public statements of different political agents linked to recent historical events, for example the presidential speeches made by Ronald Reagan or the communiqués sent by Patty Hearst after joining the Symbionese Liberation Army that had kidnapped her. By putting these texts (which she usually recites by memory and almost always in the first person) back on the stage, that is, by recreating them and performing them in a new context, Hayes is engaging in an act of what she calls "oral translation" that helps us to rethink and reinterpret both the historical moment in which in which they were formulated and also our present.
To find a title for this exhibition, which brings together ten of her most significant projects and includes a piece created expressly for this show in collaboration with the Mexican artist and writer Pablo Sigg, Sharon Hayes turned to the writing of Ferdinand de Saussure, Course in General Linguistics, which has been very influential in her work. The Spanish word habla is the closest equivalent to the French term parole ("speech" in English), a notion that played a key role in the theoretical developments of the Swiss linguist. Hayes plays with the polysemic potential of the word habla; besides designating the inherent capacity of each individual to make use of the language system, it alludes to the social dimension of the communication process and, in certain contextual conditions, it can have an imperative meaning.