Sharon Hayes in conversation with Mason Leaver-Yap

Studio Voltaire


US-based artist Sharon Hayes in conversation with Mason Leaver-Yap, director of LUX Scotland, discussing In My Little Corner of the World, Anyone Would Love You, her large-scale exhibition at Studio Voltaire, as well as her wider practice.

For her commission at Studio Voltaire, her first in a UK institution, Hayes will look specifically at queer and feminist archives in the US and UK which document gay rights, and women’s liberation. Working with both the content and display of archives, Hayes will re-stage some of the most affective forms of presentation she has encountered.

This exhibition is co-commissioned by The Common Guild, Glasgow and forms part of How to work together.

Image credit

Sharon Hayes, In My Little Corner of the World, Anyone Would Love You, 2016. Video Still. Performer – Jeannine Betu Kayembe. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin


About the speakers

Sharon Hayes 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 protest groups; Hayes invites viewers and participants to re-experience moments of political and cultural oppression by staging protests, delivering speeches, and re-performing demonstrations.

Hayes (b. 1970, Baltimore, US) lives and works in Philadelphia. Recent solo exhibitions include: Baltimore Museum of Art (2015), Maryland; Andrea Rosen Gallery (2014), New York; Whitney Museum of American Art (2012), New York; Museo Naconial Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (2012), Madrid; The Art Institute of Chicago (2011), Chicago; Contemporary Art Gallery (2011), Vancouver. The artist is represented by Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin. This commission is supported by Charlotte Ford, Haro & Bilge Cumbusyan and Valeria & Gregorio Napoleone.

Leaver-Yap works with artists to produce texts and events and is the Walker Art Center’s Bentson Moving Image Scholar, Minneapolis; and LUX Scotland’s Director. Recent projects include work with Uri Aran, Leslie Thornton, Lucy McKenzie, Hanne Darboven, Andrea Büttner, Shahryar Nashat, Moyra Davey, Dexter Sinister, James Richards, and Radclyffe Hall.

About LUX Scotland

LUX Scotland is a dedicated support and promotion agency for artists working with moving image in Scotland. LUX Scotland aims to consolidate and build on LUX’s ongoing work supporting artists’ moving image work in Scotland, which currently includes the annual Margaret Tait Award and Residency in collaboration with Glasgow Film and Pier Arts Centre, the annual Tramway Artists’ Moving Image Festival, the CCA/LUX Critical Forum (a monthly artists discussion group with the Centre for Contemporary Arts), and the ongoing BBC Scotland Artists in the Archive residencies.