Tai Shani’s radical multidisciplinary practice incorporates sculpture, performative installations, moving image, experimental spoken and written narratives, radio broadcasts, and virtual reality. Shani deconstructs social hierarchies by elevating the roles of those who have been oppressed in history, mythology and the artist’s personal experience. Using the forms of science-fiction, anthropology, feminist and queer theory, Shani blurs fact and fiction, re-imagining cultural archetypes and re-interpreting their narratives with eroticism, violence and fantasy. These characters also exude tenderness and compassion, which illuminates female otherness in a setting of communal support and equality that proposes a possible post-patriarchal future. Shani’s new work that will be shown at TBG+S contemplates mortality, kinship and privacy, as well the nature of close relationships between othered subjects, and how intimacy is a site for radical transformation and conceptions of selfhood.
Tai Shani has been acknowledged as one of the UK’s leading young artists and is nominated for the Turner Prize 2019. During 2018 she held a major solo exhibition at The Tetley, Leeds; and her large-scale immersive performance site, Dark Continent: Semiramis, at Tramway was part of the Director’s Programme during Glasgow International, and Nottingham Contemporary. Shani has also exhibited at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (2017), Serpentine Galleries, Tate Britain (both 2016), and many others.
Tai Shani’s exhibition is a co-production with Jindřich Chalupecký Society, Czech Republic and Grazer Kunstverein, Austria.
This exhibition is generously supported by The Digital Hub.