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Our Bodies, Our Archives

Posted on February 18, 2020

Okwui Okpokwasili Poor People’s TV Room 2017. Performance view New York Live Arts April 18 2017. Photo Paul B. Goode.

From March 20 to 29, artists Faustin Linyekula, Okwui Okpokwasili and Tanya Lukin Linklater will take part in the BMW Tate Live Exhibition Our Bodies, Our Archives. The three artists, who each use the body in different ways to explore history, inheritance and storytelling, will create ten days of live performances and site-specific installations for Tate Modern’s underground Tanks.

Within distinct dance practices, each artist is concerned with how history is held in the body. The cyclical nature of time, inheritance and the dynamics of storytelling are common issues addressed in their respective works. Through their unique approaches, they raise some related questions about shared memory, visibility and the notion of tradition in relation to artistic forms and gestures.

The performances and installations for Our Bodies, Our Archives can be explored for free during the day. Additional ticketed performances will take place at night with a closing performance on the afternoon of March 29. For more information, go to

Pictured: Okwui Okpokwasili in Poor People’s TV Room, 2017. Photograph: Paul B Goode.

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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