Over the past ten years, Sharon Hayes has been engaged in an art practice that moves between multiple mediums - video, performance, installation - in an ongoing artistic investigation into the relations of history, politics and space to the process of individual and collective subject formation. To this aim, she employs conceptual and methodological approaches borrowed from artistic and academic practices such as theater, film, anthropology, linguistics, and journalism.
Hayes' installation, video and performance work has been shown at P.S. 1 Museum of Contemporary Art, Andrew Kreps Gallery, Parlour Projects, the Whitney Museum of American Art's Independent Study Program, Dance Theater Workshop, Dixon Place, HERE, Performance Space 122, the Joseph Papp Public Theater and the WOW Cafe and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Track 16, Gallery 2102 and The Project in Los Angeles. In addition she has shown in galleries, exhibition or performance spaces in Bogota, Berlin, Copenhagen, Malmo, Vienna and Zagreb as well as in California, Florida, Rhode Island, Texas, and Vermont, and in 45 lesbian living rooms across the United States.
Hayes was a 1999 MacDowell Colony Fellow. She also received a 1999 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. She was a participant in the Whitney Museum of American Artâ€™s Independent Study Program, 1999-2000 and received an MFA from the Interdisciplinary Studio at UCLAâ€™s Department of Art in 2003.