Brazilian artist Tunga created enigmatic and surreal artworks that drew from archaeology, mythology, philosophy, psychology and literature. His signature performance work, Xifópagas Capilares entre Nós (Capillary Xiphopagus among Us) will be staged for the first time at Tate Modern across a series of weekends.
The performance features twin adolescent girls who unexpectedly appear in the galleries to create an environment that blurs the line between reality and fiction. Tunga first staged Xifópagas Capilares entre Nós in 1984. It is based upon a myth of conjoined Nordic girls whose existence causes conflict in a village. Finding inspiration in this uncanny image, he went on to stage the performance throughout his career.
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This performance is supported by Tate Patrons, Catherine Petitgas, and Tate Americas Foundation courtesy of the Latin American Acquisitions Committee, Estrellita Brodsky and Juan Yarur Torres.