Soft Open Shut

Ghislaine Leung

A new performance by Brussels-based artist and writer Ghislaine Leung in response to Sharon Hayes’ exhibition In My Little Corner of the World, Anyone Would Love You at Studio Voltaire.

Taking leave from a typical album structure, Leung will present a series of tracks, text and music, which ‘play out the intimacies and withdrawals of living with each other and ourselves’. Leung will explore formal registers of public speaking including interior monologue, reading and recital.

A limited edition publication distributed during the performance is available digitally here:

Ghislaine Leung, Soft Open Shut, 2016

About the artists

Ghislaine Leung lives and works in London and Brussels. Recent projects include: BRINK, CGP London; Re: Re:, New Work, London; Violent Incident, Vleeshal, Middelburg; Prosu(u)mer, EKKM, Tallinn; Performance Capture, Stedelijk, Amsterdam; A Bright Night, with Serpentine Galleries and LUX, London; Exchange, Flat Time House, London. She is editor of Versuch Press and member of PUBLIKATIONEN + EDITIONEN. She is resident at Hospitalfield Summer 2016 with a forthcoming solo project at WIELS, Brussels in September 2016.

Sharon Hayes (b. 1970 Baltimore, US) lives and works in Philadelphia. Hayes uses photography, film, video, sound and performance to examine the intersections between the personal and the political. Drawing particular attention to the language of twentieth-century protest groups; Hayes invites viewers and participants to re-experience moments of political and cultural oppression by staging protests, delivering speeches, and re-performing demonstrations.

For her commission at Studio Voltaire, her first in a UK institution, Hayes will look specifically at queer and feminist archives in the US and UK which document gay rights, and women’s liberation. Working with both the content and display of archives, Hayes will re-stage some of the most affective forms of presentation she has encountered.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland (2015); Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York (2014); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2012); Museo Naconial Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2012); The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (2011); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2011). The artist is represented by Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin.

This exhibition forms part of How to work together and is co-commissioned with The Common Guild in Glasgow.

This commission is supported by Charlotte Ford, Haro & Bilge Cumbusyan and Valeria & Gregorio Napoleone.

About How to work together

How to work together is a shared, three-year programme of contemporary art commissioning and research organised by Studio Voltaire, Chisenhale Gallery and The Showroom. Together, over three years starting in 2013, we have produced a series of artists’ commissions, events and an online think tank. We have combined our knowledge and resources to discover what we can do together, that we could not do alone.

How to work together is supported by Arts Council England/Lottery Funded, Bloomberg, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Cockayne and The London Community Foundation.

Image credit

Ghislaine Leung, Soft Opening Shut, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Studio Voltaire, London.

Audio credit

Ghislaine Leung, Soft Opening Shut, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Studio Voltaire, London.