Emma Hart, 'Good Vibrations' 2023. Photo Rob Harris
The Weight of Words
Jul 7 – Nov 26, 2023
Henry Moore Institute
Leeds, UK

This new group exhibition features an international and intergenerational selection of contemporary artists and writers who explore the overlap between sculpture and poetry.

The works on display range in tone from the humorous to the haunting, expressing everything from direct quotations to the unsayable. They reveal what can happen to languages, and our experiences of them, when sculptural interests in weight, materiality, form and arrangement are charged by a poetic impulse: both art forms take on new dimensions and meanings.

The Weight of Words is co-curated by Dr Clare O’Dowd, Research Curator, Henry Moore Institute and Nick Thurston, Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Literature, University of Leeds.

Artists in the exhibition:
Caroline Bergvall with Ciarán Ó Meachair, Pavel Büchler, Anthony (Vahni) Capildeo, Tim Etchells, Simone Fattal with Etel Adnan, Shilpa Gupta, Emma Hart, Leslie Hewitt, Bhanu Kapil, Issam Kourbaj, Glenn Ligon, Shanzhai Lyric, Mark Manders, Joo Yeon Park, Doris Salcedo, Slavs and Tatars, Parviz Tanavoli