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Sharon Hayes


5 Florence Street, Glasgow, G5 0YX

9 October – 7 November 2021

American artist Sharon Hayes’ new project with The Common Guild is a suite of three films, shown together for the first time. It is the continuation of Hayes’ on-going ‘Ricerche’ project, including a new commission. ‘Ricerche’ (meaning ‘research’) is comprised of several video works that use the 1964 film ‘Comizi d’Amore’ (Love Meetings) by Italian director, Pier Paolo Pasolini, as a guidepost and framework for an examination of gender, sexuality and contemporary collective identifications.

‘Ricerche’ constitutes an inquiry into the relations between sex, sexuality, gender and politics in the United States today, with nonetheless striking resonance with contemporary discourse across societies elsewhere. It continues Hayes investigation of the act of public speech, and its intersections with history, politics, activism, queer theory, love and sexuality, through both the collective and the individual voice.

Filmed by Hayes at different times since 2013, including during 2020’s critical election year in the US, the works feature a range of individuals, from students at an all-women’s college in Massachusetts, to children of queer or gender non-conforming parents, and members of two women’s tackle football teams. Each film is presented as ‘ricerche’ or research. The most recent, ‘Ricerche: two’, was filmed in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, just before the onset of the pandemic. It was commissioned by The Common Guild. The extended interview asks the players what they like about the sport, whether they feel different on and off the field and how playing football relates to other aspects of their lives. This new work will be presented alongside the two existing works in the series; the single-channel video ‘Ricerche: three’ (2013), and a diptych, ‘Ricerche: one’ (2019).

‘Ricerche’ is presented in the former Adelphi Terrace Public School, south of the river Clyde, opposite Glasgow Green. Originally opened in 1894 following the Education (Scotland) Act of 1872, which made schooling free and compulsory for five to thirteen year olds, the building was used as a site of education for children and young adults until 2010. With thanks to our venue partner Urban Office.

Artist Biography
Sharon Hayes (b. 1970, Baltimore, Maryland, USA) lives and works in Philadelphia, USA.

Hayes is one of the most influential politically and socially committed artists working in the United States. She has been the subject of retrospectives at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. Hayes’ work is part of the public collections of Tate, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Dallas Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen; Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, Warsaw; among many others. Hayes’ 5-channel video installation 'In My Little Corner of the World, Anyone Would Love You’ (2016) was co-commissioned by The Common Guild and Studio Voltaire, London.

Sharon Hayes holds the position of Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania.

Thanks to Tanya Leighton, Berlin and Los Angeles.

Visitor Information

Exhibition Open
Wednesday – Sunday
12 – 6pm
Free Entrance, no need to book in advance


5 Florence Street is a three-storey building, which is wheelchair accessible to accompanied visitors or powered chairs. There are 3 steps on the outside of the building and 3 steps in the entrance hall, both of which have ramps installed. There is lift access to all floors.
Accessible toilets are available.
Subtitles and / or transcripts accompany the work on display.
Please contact [email protected] to discuss any access requirements or questions in advance of your visit.

Covid-19 Information

We are following the latest Scottish Government guidelines to protect against the transmission of Covid-19.

All staff will wear face coverings when interacting with the public and we ask that visitors wear a face covering when visiting the exhibition, unless exempt.

Screening / Pier Paolo Pasolini – 'Comizi d'amore'
Roundtable Conversation with Ashanti Harris, Winnie Herbstein and Mathew Wayne Parkin