Tate Modern Exhibition

Performing for the Camera

Performing for the Camera is on at Tate Modern in The Eyal Ofer Galleries, 18 February – 12 June 2016

Serious performance art, portraiture, or simply posing for a photograph… what does it mean to perform for the camera?

Photography has been used to capture performances since its invention – from the stars of the Victorian stage to the art happenings of the 1960s, right up to today’s trend for selfies. 

This exhibition explores the relationship between the two forms, looking at how performance artists use photography and how photography is in itself a performance.

Watch curator Simon Baker talk about key works in the exhibition:

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Simon Baker | TateShots

Performing for the Camera includes over 500 images, including vintage prints, large scale works, marketing posters and Instagrammed photos. 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.

Exhibition videos

Watch three interviews exploring themes within the exhibition.

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Adwoa Aboah model and founder of @GurlsTalk reflects on what it is to perform for the camera

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It’s better to pose myself and be the main character in my work. There is an irony and vulnerability – it is awkward to look at that.
Romain Mader

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Artist David Lamelas takes a minute (or few) to reflect on conceptual art and that time he became a rock star.

Tate Modern

The Eyal Ofer Galleries

Bankside
London SE1 9TG
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Dates

18 February – 12 June 2016

Sponsored by

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Supported by

Tate International Council

From school photographs and selfies to records of great theatre, hamming it up for the camera seems to be a natural human urge

The Daily Telegraph

An adventurous exhibition aiming to show the myriad ways in which photography has been used

The Guardian

In the age of the selfie, self-expression in front of the camera has never been a hotter topic (unless 2006 Myspace profile pics count)

Refinery29
****

Original and engaging

Evening Standard
****

Poignant, touching, confrontational, painful and joyful

Guardian

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