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Tate Modern London – Performing for the Camera

The Tate Modern London has announced the new exhibition that will examine the relationship between photography and performance, it starts today and will be open until 12 June 2016, Performing 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, and today’s trend for selfies.

Performing for the Camera  will start from the invention of the camera in the 19th century, continuing all the way through to the selfie culture that exists today and bringing together 500 images that span across 150 years.

With over 50 seminal photographers on display, the exhibition explores the relationship between photography and performance, engaging with serious, provocative and sensational topics, as well as humour, improvisation and irony. 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.

Boris Mikhailov – “Crimean Snobbism”, 1982

boris mikhailov crimean Snobbism1982

Amalia Ulman – “Excellences & Perfections” (Instagram update, 2014)

amalia ulman excellences & perfections2014

Claude Cahun – “Self Portrait”, 1927

claude cahun self portrait 1927

Eikoh Hosoe: Simmon – “A Private Landscape” , 1971

Eikoh Hosoe Simmon A private landscape1971

Erwin Wurm – “One Minute Sculpture” , 1997

erwin wurm one minute sculpture 1997

Masahisa Fukase – “From Window” , 1974

masahisa fukase from window 1974

Yves Klein – “Saut dans le Vide” , 1960


Yves Klein's Saut dans le vide

Performing for the Camera brings together over 500 images shown in series, including vintage prints, large scale works, marketing posters and artists working with Instagram. It is a wide-ranging exploration of how performance artists use photography and how photography is in itself a performance.

The main message  of Performing for the Camera’s exhibition is to show how photography has always been performative but it also shows how much of performance is actually photographic!


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