Performance and video artist Sharon Hayes’ interest in activist-art often takes a historical perspective by examining and recontextualizing the language of protest groups.

Sharon Hayes

Sharon Hayes is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice includes performance and video. In her performance at the New Museum in late 2007, “I march in the parade of liberty, but as long as I love you I'm not free,” she confronted the conflict between the public and the private by reciting a letter to her lover about the war in Iraq through a megaphone outside the museum. Last year, she participated in Creative Time’s “Democracy in America: The National Campaign,” enlisting over 100 people at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions to read a text addressing political desire and romantic love to forefront the LGBT movement. Her work has been exhibited in major institutions worldwide including P.S.1 in New York and the Tate Modern.

Born 1970 in Baltimore, MD
Lives and works in New York