Leslie Krims at the TATE MODERN, London




"Performing for the camera"

curated by Simon Baker, Senior Curator of Photography at Tate Modern
and Fiontan Moran, Asssitant Curator at Tate Modern


18.02.2016 - 12.06.2016


The important exhibition will examine the variety of ways in which the photographic image, since its invention in the XIX century, has both documented and developed our understanding of performance in front of the camera. What does it mean to perform for the camera?
The theme will be approached in several distinct ways: by considering the documentation of important perfromance works (by artists like Yves Klein, Yayoi Kusama and Merce Cunningham); by charting how performers and photographers have worked collaboratively (in the case of Nadar and the mime Charles Deburau or Eikoh Hosoe and the coreographer Tatsumi Hijikata); by thinking through how the photographic image has become an arena within which to act, separete from the live stage of thatrical or artistic performance (in the work of artists like Charles Ray, Boris Mikhailov and Erwin Wurm). There will also be consideration of notions of the construction of self-identity and posing in the work of artists including Lee Friedlander, Tomoko Sawada, Cindy Sherman, Hannah Wilke, Leslie Krims and Andy Warhol, as well as the playful, innovative approaches to portraiture found in the work of Keith Arnatt and Masahisa Fukase. 
By approaching the subject in this diverse way the exhibition will question the boundaries between photographic and documentary practices and between conventions of portaiture and performance. 

For more information about the event: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/performing-camera