Performing for the Camera at Tate Modern

22 May

Performing for the Camera identifies and investigates photography as a tool for recording with as wide a range of performance work from the 1850s to date. An intriguing show where the camera as observer often provided the only evidence of of a body of work; from Victorian music and theatre via an original album of prints from Nadar’s studio, to the serious intentions of art ‘happenings’ from Yves Klien to Yayoi Kusama; collaborative  work between photographers and performers and those such as Sherman and Wilke who interrogate identity. Hot favourites from this reviewer included another opportunity to see work from Franchesca Woodman, Fredlander’s self portraits and the always challenging Boris Mikhailov. However this is just the tip of an expansive iceberg that is absorbing and sometimes obscure. Recommended.

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