Tate Modern Performance

Tunga Xifópagas Capilares Entre Nós (Capillary Xiphopagus among us)

Tunga, Xifópagas Capilares entre Nós (Capillary Xiphopagus among Us) 1984. 
Photo by Wilton Montenegro 1987. Courtesy the photographer and Instituto Tunga
 

Unexpected and other-worldly, discover Tunga’s legendary performance featuring twins connected by their hair

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.

Tunga’s large lead sculpture Braid [Trança] and his writing referencing the conjoined twins is on display on Level 4 of the Boiler House.

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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.

Tate Modern

Bankside
London SE1 9TG
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Dates

20–22 July 2018

27–29 July 2018

3–5 August 2018

10–12 August 2018

The performances will take place in various galleries, unannounced and at irregular times throughout the day

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Tate Modern Display

Tunga

Intrigued by the unexpected and the inexplicable, Tunga explores the transformation of materials and the magical properties of hair

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