For her first solo exhibition in the UK, Tamar Guimarães presents a newly commissioned short film alongside two existing works: Canoas (2010) and A Man Called Love (2008). Guimarães’ research-based practice deals with the staging of history. Gathering and manipulating archival images and texts, the artist investigates the relationship between labour, culture and privilege. Her speculative narratives are each rooted in competing instances of modernity, from the theatres and opera houses of 1910s London to the modernist architecture of 1950s Brazil. Often foregrounding social and class structures, they call into question the role of the left.
Tamar Guimarães: The Work of the Spirit (Parade)
28 May – 17 July 2011, Wed-Sun 12-6pm
Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall Street, London SE11 5RH