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Geyer Andrea & Sharon Hayes

Andrea Geyer (b. 1971 in Germany) lives and works in New York. With a particular focus on those who identify or at some point were identified as women, her works use photography, performance, video, drawing and painting to activate the lingering potential of specific events, sites, or biographies. Geyer focuses on the themes of gender, class, national identity and how they are constantly negotiated and reinterpreted against a frequent backdrop of cultural meanings and memories. Geyer has exhibited at institutions such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), MOMA, and The Whitney Museum.She has worked with numerous artists such as Wu Tsang, Simon J. Ortiz and Sharon Hayes (artist)

Sharon Hayes engages multiple mediums–video, performance, and installation–in ongoing investigation into specific intersections between history, politics and speech. Hayes’ work is concerned with developing new representational strategies that interrogate the present political moment as a moment that reaches simultaneously backward and forward; a moment that is never wholly its own but rather one that is full of multiple past moments and the speculations of multiple futures.  From this ground, Hayes addresses political events or movements from the 1960s through the 1990s. Her focus on the sphere of the near-past is influenced by the potent imbrication of private and public urgencies that she experienced in her foundational encounters with feminism and AIDS activism. Hayes’ work has been shown at the Venice Biennale (2013), the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, Tanya Leighton Gallery, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia among other venues. Hayes is the recipient of a Pew Fellowship (2016), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2014), the Alpert Award in Visual Arts (2013), an Anonymous Was a Woman Award (2013), Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship (2007). Hayes received a BA from Bowdoin College, an MFA from UCLA and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program. Hayes currently teaches in the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Fine Arts.

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