Ricerche: two, a work-in-progress by Sharon Hayes
The artist shares a video that asks questions about how and why people come together in public.
Sharon Hayes, Lanka Tattersall
Jun 17, 2020
What is the relationship between a collective and individual voice? Exploring both historical and present-day ways groups of people speak and assemble in public, artist Sharon Hayes has created moving and rigorously thoughtful videos, performances, and installations. In her work, past and current politics are intimately interwoven with considerations about how and why people come together.
For MoMA, Hayes shares an excerpt from her current work-in-progress, Ricerche: two, which centers around a group discussion with members of two Dallas-based women’s tackle football teams, the Arlington Impact and the Dallas Elite Mustangs. Filmed in early February 2020, it features interviews with players about their passionate commitment to a sport, the joys they find within the physicality of the game, and pressing issues of gender and equity that inform both football and life beyond the field.
That collective identity is never singular or unified, but rather shifts within larger political contexts.
We presented an excerpt of Sharon Hayes’s film Ricerche: two from June 17 through July 3, 2020. The film is no longer available here for streaming.
The header image is a production still from Sharon Hayes. Ricerche: two. 2020. Pictured (l to r): Ken Gabriel, Luckey Townson, Kim Rose, Deezy Ricks. Photo: Rolando Sepulveda II
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