American artist Sharon Hayes (b. 1970) uses photography, film, video, sound, performance, and text to interrogate the intersections between the personal and collective sphere.
Her deeply affective and queer approach to history and politics draws particular attention to the language of twentieth-century activism as well as theatre, anthropology, and journalism.
This book will be the first to feature all of Hayes's most significant projects, from the ten-hour performance My Fellow American 1981-1988 to her monument addressing the absence of monuments to women in Philadelphia.
Hayes' work has been at the forefront of questions of feminist history, queer time and protest culture for over a decade - Her re-examination of protest, speech, and history is one of the most powerful reflections of the complexity and the urgency of our times - A Professor of Fine Art at the Pennsylvania University, Hayes's work has been shown at the 2010 Whitney Biennial, Documenta 12 in Kassel, and the 55th Venice Biennale, as well as in the most prestigious museums around the world - Hayes was the recipient of the 2015 Alpert Awards in the Arts in the category of 'risk-taking' artist - This is the first sustained examination of Hayes's work