Tate Modern

Voices

Blavatnik Building Level 0

Otobong Nkanga
In Wetin You Go Do? 2015
© The Artist & Galerie In Situ – Fabienne Leclerc, Paris

The Tanks are designed to showcase live art, installation and the moving image. The artworks all explore different aspects of the human voice

Whether used as an instrument, an affirmation of identity, a way of connecting and communicating or for storytelling, the voice is one of the fundamental means of human expression. It can convey meaning through language, be used as pure sound or a combination of both. The works on display show how artists have made use of its versatility to achieve evocative effects.

Janet Cardiff recreates the layering of voices in a choral work in Forty-Part Motet 2001. Otobong Nkanga’s sculptural installation Wetin You Go Do? 2015 speaks in the voices of different characters, while Susan Hiller addresses the viewer directly through a pair of headphones in Monument 1980–1. Zineb Sedira attempts to bridge cultures and generations by talking to her mother and daughter in Mother Tongue 2002, and in The Unfinished Conversation 2012, John Akomfrah presents a filmic portrait of Stuart Hall, a cultural theorist whose critical voice has been an influence on him and many others.

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Tate Modern
Bankside
London SE1 9TG
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Otobong Nkanga

In Wetin You Go Do? 2015 Nigerian artist Otobong Nkanga integrates voice and sculpture to reflect on contemporary anxieties

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John Akomfrah

The Unfinished Conversation 2012 is a three-screen installation that explores the multi-layered and evolving subject of cultural identity

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Susan Hiller

The installation Monument 1980–1 invites viewers to perform private acts of listening and remembering against the setting of a public ...

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Zineb Sedira

In Mother Tongue 2002 three generations of women from the same family, born in three different countries, try to exchange ...