Sharon Hayes

2006-2007 Vera List Center Fellow
Sharon Hayes is an artist who engages multiple mediums–video, performance, and installation–in ongoing investigation into specific intersections between history, politics and speech. Hayes' work interrogates the present political moment as one that reaches backward and forward; a present moment that is never wholly its own but rather is full of multiple past moments and the speculations of multiple futures. Hayes often addresses political events or movements from the 60s to the 90s. Her focus on the near-past is influenced by private and public urgencies experienced in foundational encounters with feminism and AIDS activism. Hayes has had solo exhibitions at Tanya Leighton Gallery (Berlin), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York) and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid). Her work been shown at the Venice Biennale (2013), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Guggenheim Museum (New York) and numerous museums and venues in Europe and the Americas. Hayes is also a recipient of the Alpert Award in Visual Arts (2013), an Anonymous Was a Woman Award (2013), Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation fellowship (2007) among other awards. Hayes teaches in the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Fine Arts. She developed the fellowship project, 9 Scripts from a Nation at War during the Public Domain cycle of VLC programs, in collaboration with Andrea Geyer, Ashley Hunt, Katia Sander, and David Thorne.