Sharon Hayes

We are the people, 2016


Digital print
Edition of 100
76.3 x 51cm
The price of the edition increases as it sells out




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About the artwork

To coincide with Sharon Hayes’ first solo exhibition in the UK, In My Little Corner of the World, Anyone Would Love You, at Studio Voltaire, the US-based artist launched a limited edition print. 

As an extension to the exhibition, Hayes has produced a poster that will be fly–posted on sites across London throughout the duration of the exhibition, as well as being presented in the gallery and available as a limited edition artwork.

Hayes looked specifically at queer and feminist archives across the US and UK which document gay rights, and women’s liberation. Working with both the content of these archives and how they are disseminated, Hayes restaged and re-presented material that ranges from the seemingly mundane or administrative, to more effective forms. This edition contains a tightly cropped image taken from the Gay Liberation Front’s 1971 manifesto. 

The photograph’s orientation is intentionally altered, changing the way in which we are attentive to the image. The original photograph was taken by John Chesterton and is taken from the Hall-Carpenter Archives at the London School of Economics.

About the artist

Hayes (b. 1970, Baltimore, US) uses photography, film, video, sound and performance to examine the intersections between the personal and the political. Drawing particular attention to the language of twentieth-century activism, Hayes’ work offers a re-examination of our current relationship to political protest, political speech, and the way in which this relationship is infused with traces of history.

Sharon Hayes lives and works in Philadelphia. Recent solo exhibitions include: Nel Mezzo, Tanya Leighton, Berlin (2019); Echo, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2019); If They Should Ask, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia (2017); n My Little Corner of the World, Anyone Would Love You, The Common Guild, Glasgow (2016); In My Little Corner of the World, Anyone Would Love You, Studio Voltaire, London (2016); Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland (2015); Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York (2014); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2012); Museo Naconial Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2012); The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (2011); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2011).

Recent group exhibitions include Mapping the Collection, Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2020); Read My Lips, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2019); The Politics of Rhetoric, The Print Center, Philadelphia (2019); Nothing Will Be As Before, Tanya Leighton, Berlin (2018); Artists for Studio Voltaire, Studio Voltaire, London (2018); Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg (2015); MoMA P.S. 1, New York (2014); Hayward Gallery, London (2014); Wellcome Collection, London (2014); 10th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea (2014) and 55th Venice Bienniale, Venice (2013).

The artist is represented by Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin.


Studio Voltaire has been supporting artists for over twenty years, through our renowned programme of exhibitions, performances, events and education projects as well as providing affordable studios.

We have gained a reputation for championing both emerging and underrepresented artistic practices, often at key stage in the artist’s career. These have included Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Phyllida Barlow, Ruth Ewan, Elizabeth Price, Jo Spence, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Richard Slee and Cathy Wilkes.

The gallery also provides an important UK platform for international artists, often providing them their first-ever presentation in the UK. These have included Nairy Baghramian, Thea Djordjadze, Nicole Eisenman, Judith Hopf, Paulina Olowska and Henrik Olesen.