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BMW Tate Live Exhibition: Our Bodies, Our Archives

Faustin Linyekula, Okwui Okpokwasili and Tanya Lukin Linklater take over the Tanks at Tate Modern

Within distinct practices grown from dance, each artist is concerned with how history is held in the body. The cyclical nature of time, inheritance and the dynamics of storytelling are common issues addressed in their respective works.

Through their unique approaches, they raise some related questions about shared memory, visibility and the notion of tradition in relation to artistic forms and gestures.

Performances and installations can be explored for free during the day. Additional ticketed performances will take place at night with a closing performance on the afternoon of Sunday 29 March.

Faustin Linyekula

Centring on his experiences of social and political tensions in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He blends theatre, dance, film and music to build what he terms a 'circle' of connection between himself, his collaborators and the audience.

Linyekula presents un-ticketed sound and film installations in the South Tank and the Transformers in addition to the ticketed My Body, My Archive performance.

The installation in the South Tank will be on display for the first half of the exhibition and will have intermittent performances during the day from Friday 20 – Monday 23 March 2020.

Okwui Okpokwasili

Okpokwasili is an artist, performer, choreographer and writer and she often bases her practice on disruptive forms of storytelling.

During gallery hours, you can experience and participate in Okpokwasili’s un-ticketed Sitting on a Man’s Head in the East Tank and see Poor People’s TV Room Solo installation in the Tanks Lobby for free. Both pieces centre on installations designed by Okpokwasili’s partner, Peter Born. Okpokwasili also performs in the ticketed Poor People’s TV Room Solo.

On the final day of the exhibition, Sunday 29 March, Okpokwasili will lead a procession in the Turbine Hall which members of the public are invited to join together to create a collective song.

Tanya Lukin Linklater

Lukin Linklater creates a new work, drawings from her own autobiography as it meets the politics of indigenous water-protection and the history of Treaty. Lukin Linklater builds a sculptural structure from floral kohkum scarves to be experienced in relation to movement and text that she will stage as performance within the space.

Collaborating with dancers and composers, Lukin Linklater bases her performances and around scores, including poems. These expansive poems evoke her memories of childhood, places, and relationships.

In preparation for her ticketed performance women : iskwewak, you can witness the development of the performance in the South Tank for free during open rehearsals in the daytime of Thursday 26 – Saturday 27 March 2020.

For the duration of the exhibition, visitors can experience Lukin Linklater’s un-ticketed installation which includes her film The Treaty is in the Body.

Event starts
Friday 20 March, 2020
Event ends
Sunday 29 March, 2020
Tate Modern
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London , London

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