Connotations – Performance Images 1994-98
Connotations is a body of photographic and textual documentation of twenty entirely fictitious performances. Whilst addressing ideas of authenticity and forgery, the work explores how performance is transformed and mythologised when recorded and the ambiguity implicit in attempts to ‘capture’ a live performance within a still photograph.
Hayley Newman’s work featured in Beck’s Futures 2000 and her recent solo exhibitions include The Daily Hayley for Matt’s Gallery London (2001) and Connotations II for the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2002). A publication on her work, Performancemania, was published by Matt’s Gallery in 2001.