Performing for the Camera

Serious performance art, portraiture, or just simply posing for the camera? What does is it mean to perform for the camera?

Art Exhibition previously on at Tate Modern in City of London, United Kingdom.
From Thursday 18 February 2016 to Sunday 12 June 2016

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Photography has been used to capture performances since its invention – from the stars of the Victorian stage to the art happenings of the 1960s, and today’s trend for selfies.

With over 50 seminal photographers on display, the exhibition explores the relationship between photography and performance, engaging with serious, provocative and sensational topics, as well as humour, improvisation and irony. It shows how photographs have captured performances by important artists including Yves Klein and Yayoi Kusama, and ground-breaking collaborations between photographers, performers and dancers. It looks at how artists including Francesca Woodman, Erwin Wurm and others have used photography as a stage on which to perform, and how figures from Cindy Sherman and Hannah Wilke to Marcel Duchamp and Samuel Fosso have used photography to explore identity.

From marketing and self-promotion, to the investigation of gender and identity, to experiments with the self-portrait, Performing for the Camera brings together over 500 images shown in series, including vintage prints, large scale works, marketing posters and artists working with Instagram. It is a wide-ranging exploration of how performance artists use photography and how photography is in itself a performance.

From school photographs and selfies to records of great theatre, hamming it up for the camera seems to be a natural human urge
The Daily Telegraph

An adventurous exhibition aiming to show the myriad ways in which photography has been
The Guardian

In the age of the selfie, self-expression in front of the camera has never been a hotter topic (unless 2006 Myspace profile pics count)
Refinery29