Performing for the Camera at Tate Modern


Masahisa Fukase, From Window, 1974 © Masahisa Fukase Archives. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery Pinterest


Explore the changing relationship between photography and performance with Performing for the Camera at Tate Modern.

From capturing performances to creating a new kind of stage for performers, this exhibition looks at the interactions between photography and performance across 150 years, from the invention of the camera in the 19th century to the emergence of the selfie.

On display are photographs documenting the performance works by Yves Klein, Eleanor Antin and Yayoi Kusama; collaborative projects between performers and photographers including Nadar and mime artist Charles Deburau or Eikoh Hosoe and choreographer Tatsumi Hijikata; and photographic work by Charles Ray, Erwin Wurm and Boris Mikhailov capturing performances staged exclusively for their cameras.

Through more than 500 images, the exhibition also examines the development of self-portraiture and the improvisation of posing for the camera, as well as the influence of social media.


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Tate Modern

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