Performing for the Camera at Tate Modern
Tate Modern (London) presents “Performing for the Camera“. With over 50 seminal photographers on display, the exhibition explores the relationship between photography and performance, engaging with serious, provocative and sensational topics, as well as humour, improvisation and irony.
It shows how photographs have captured performances by important artists including Yves Klein and Yayoi Kusama, and ground-breaking collaborations between photographers, performers and dancers.
It looks at how artists including Francesca Woodman, Erwin Wurm and others have used photography as a stage on which to perform, and how figures from Cindy Sherman and Hannah Wilke to Marcel Duchamp and Samuel Fosso have used photography to explore identity.
From marketing and self-promotion, to the investigation of gender and identity, to experiments with the self-portrait, “Performing for the Camera” brings together over 500 images shown in series, including vintage prints, large scale works, marketing posters and artists working with Instagram. It is a wide-ranging exploration of how performance artists use photography and how photography is in itself a performance.
Performing for the Camera
18.02.2016 – 12.06.2016
Masahisa Fukase, From Window, 1974. Courtesy of Masahisa Fukase Archives
Harry Shunk and János Kender, Yves Klein’s Leap into the Void (Saut dans le vide), 1960. Courtesy of J. Paul Getty Trust
Jimmy De Sana, Marker Cones, 1982. Courtesy of Wilkinson Gallery and The Estate of Jimmy De Sana
Amalia Ulman, Excellences & Perfections, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Arcadia Missa