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Sharon Hayes


Various locations

24 April – 10 May 2020

Sharon Hayes’ major new project with The Common Guild continues her ‘Ricerche’ suite of films. It constitutes a contemporary inquiry into the “sexual problem” 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.

‘Ricerche’ is a project composed of multiple video works that use Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1964 film, ‘Comizi d’amore’ (Love Meetings), as a guidepost for an examination of gender, sexuality and contemporary collective identifications.

Filmed by Hayes at different times since 2013, 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, members of a women’s tackle football team, poets and laborers.

Sharon 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.

Sharon Hayes lives and works in Philadelphia, where she holds the position of Associate Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania.

Image: Sharon Hayes, 'Ricerche: one', 2019.
2-channel HD video (HD video still).
Participants: Winter Collins, Orion Akash Phelps, Dylan Sumner.
Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin.