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Sharon Hayes at New York's Whitney Museum

— June 2012

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The idea of speech is central to Sharon Hayes' work


‘Sharon Hayes: There's So Much I Want to Say to You’, the artist's largest museum installation to date, opens today at the Whitney Museum, New York. The exhibition features works across many media, exploring the connections between love, politics, and history with a focus on the language and tools of political dissent.

Sharon Hayes (b. 1970) is a New York–based artist who uses photography, film, video, sound, and performance to examine the nexus between politics, history, speech, and desire. This exhibition brings together existing pieces and newly commissioned works, all of which articulate forms of what Hayes calls ‘speech acts’. The works are presented within an environment designed by Hayes for the Whitney’s third floor galleries, in collaboration with artist Andrea Geyer.

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