The Hold (2019) Performance at Tate St Ives, Cornwall (UK)

Performance at Late at Tate, Tate St Ives, Cornwall, UK (July 2019). Commissioned by Tate St Ives, in association with Huguette Caland exhibition. 25’00.

Spoken scripted text, recorded soundtrack, latex catsuit, yellow microphone cable, papier-mâché with acrylic paint & ink on satin ribbon, perspex lectern, gallery seating.

This 25-minute performance was a meandering, poetic exploration of the performance title that engaged with the curvaceous forms and erotic themes present in Caland’s work and also the iconic coastal location of Tate St Ives.  Through a combination of a spoken scripted text, recorded soundtrack, striking costume and sculptural props, the work struck a delicate balance between suggestive and explicit content and re-configured memories of holding and being held – transforming private experience into public expression.

Watch short edit of performance – vimeo

Listen to live recording of full performance – soundcloud

Read full script HERE


Images © Tate. Photos: Kirstin Prisk. All paintings by Huguette Caland.