The Tate Modern has announced the three artists taking part in this year’s BMW Tate Live Exhibition: Faustin Linyekula, Okwui Okpokwasili and Tanya Lukin Linklater.
These artists, who each use the body in different ways to explore history, inheritance and storytelling, will create 10 days of live performances and site-specific installations for the Tate Modern’s underground tanks.
Opening on March 20, this will be the fourth annual BMW Tate Live Exhibition, part of the museum’s innovative performance programme in partnership with BMW.
Faustin Linyekula blends theatre, dance and music to articulate his experiences of social-political tensions in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Imagining the body as an archive he works with a circle of collaborators to physically express the traumatic legacies of colonialism and the upheaval of the DRC’s history since independence.
Okwui Okpokwasili explores the collision of memory and the present in her durational performances, activating installations designed by her partner, Peter Born.
Brought up in the Bronx, New York, Okpokwasili’s intensely physical performances make visible the experiences of women of colour, sometimes drawing from her Nigerian roots.
Tanya Lukin Linklater uses performance, poetry and installations to call attention to indigenous histories.
Originating from two communities in the Kodiak archipelago of south-western Alaska – the Native Villages of Afognak and Port Lions – Ms Lukin Linklater draws on interactions with her extended family, indigenous knowledge and Alutiiq and Cree experiences on the land to inform her work.
Each artist raises questions about shared memory, visibility and the relationship between material culture and immaterial tradition, challenging what these ideas mean within the context of a modern art museum.
The 10-day exhibition will involve ticketed evening performances as well as free installations to explore during gallery hours. It will be accompanied by a programme of live events and collaborative workshops.
A Tate spokesman said: “This is part of Tate’s wider commitment to exhibiting, collecting and researching live performance art.”
BMW Tate Live Exhibition 2020 is curated by Catherine Wood and Tamsin Hong and produced by Judith Bowdler.