Preview: Sharon Hayes: In My Little Corner of the World, Anyone Would Love You
New video work featuring material from Glasgow Women's Library
American multimedia artist Sharon Hayes works with photography, film, video and sound. She examines personal and political material in her practice, and in her own words, 'appropriates, rearranges, and remixes in order to revitalise spirits of dissent.'
Hayes is drawn to the power of language and particularly that of 20th century protest groups, in relation to which she explores tensions between collective and personal actions. In conjunction with Studio Voltaire in London, the Common Guild in Glasgow have commissioned a new video based artwork by Hayes titled In My Little Corner of the World, Anyone Would Love You, which was first shown at Studio Voltaire in April this year. It comprises a five channel video installation projected onto a plywood structure, a reference to the notice boards used by action and support groups.
The work features archival material from feminist, lesbian and effeminist political groups from the US and the UK from 1955-1977, read aloud by members of the queer and feminist community in Philadelphia. Filmed within a domestic setting, Hayes restages the 'home' as a political site. For the Common Guild this video work has been adapted to include new lesbian and feminist material from Glasgow Women's Library, drawing attention to this vital Scottish archive.
The Common Guild, Glasgow, G3 6DF, Sat 8 Oct – Sun 4 Dec