Sharon Hayes

We are the people, 2016

£180

 

We are the people, 2016
Digital print
Edition of 100 + 10 APs + 2 PPs
76.3 x 51 cm (unframed)
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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, we are pleased to launch a new limited edition print by the US-based artist.

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 has 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 has restaged and re–presented material that ranges from the seemingly mundane or administrative, to more affective 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: 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: 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.