galerie Joseph Tang, Paris

Julie Béna, Jo-ey Tang

A recording made by Jo-ey Tang in August 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, based on a recording of his own voice reciting in parts answering machine voice messages that were saved by the late artist David Wojnarowicz in the mid-1980s. Specifically a cassette tape labeled “Time period of Pete’s death”, referring to Wojnarowicz’s mentor and lover, the artist Peter Hujar, who in 1987 died of the still ongoing pandemic of AIDS. These messages reveal the various commitments and urgencies of the moment, with calls from concerned friends interlaced with requests from galleries and invitations from artists to participate in exhibitions and performances. An earlier version of this audio work was part of Jo-ey Tang’s solo exhibition, “Like An Intruder, The Speaker Removes His Cap,” at Galerie Joseph Tang, Paris, in 2014.








Jo-ey Tang

Untitled (2020)


42 min 18 sec

Courtesy of Galerie Joseph Tang, Paris


Julie Béna


Recording of the performance given as part of the exhibition Les Moyens du bord, organized by le Centre Pompidou and la Villette https://lavillette.com/programmation/centre-pompidou_e955

The performance takes as name and support, the sculpture designed by Julie Bena in 2018, as part of the eponymous exhibition “The Wheel of Fortune” at 1646, The Hague