Ro Hardaker is a UK based artist with an extensive practice incorporating performance, research, curatorial projects and participation. They approach the speculative boundaries of bodies as the starting point for enquiry, specifically considering how labour, gender, ecology, wellbeing and visibility entangle. Hardaker explores these themes through sustained and experimental engagements, gesturing towards a renewed sense of Queer vitality with both optimism & unease amongst the backdrop of precarious nowness
Live works emerge as investigations of movement, space and materials. Hardaker poses the body as a shifting archive, utilising quivering, fleshy, warm-blooded vertebrate forms to tease out tensions and question fixed logics of embodiment.
Recent works have sought to trouble a relationship to the institutions, forces and social mechanics that govern the art world and society at large.
Recent and upcoming projects & commissions include projects at Tate Modern (UK), SPILL Festival of Performance 2014 & 2015 (UK), BUZZCUT (UK), The Dublin Fringe (RI), Queer City Cinema and Performatorium (CA), The Hepworth (UK), The Tetley (UK), Revolve Performance Festival (SE) and P.A.G.E. Assembly (FR).
Hardaker frequently collaborates with Alicia Radage, troubling the duo as a site within performance practices. In 2014 they curated the ‘Skeleton House’ as it shifted between studio, gallery, workshop and artist hotel.
They have been a visiting lecturer at De Montfort University, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Birmingham University and Nottingham Trent University and work as a learning supervisor at Tate Modern.
A struck meditation on the softness of our bodies in hardening times - B. Sebastian, co-director of ]performance s p a c e [, 2019
...challenging, provocative/evocative, both highly personal yet accessibly universal, tangibly embodied and achingly beautiful in [their] humanness and simplicity, dealing aptly with uncomfortable contemporary issues - Alexandra Zierle and Paul Carter, Artists
Amazing and full of such kindness...I am very grateful for having seen it. Kate Kiernan - Audience Member, Dublin Fringe
startlingly intimate; a performance that all but demanded silence and attention - London City Nights Review for Radage ∇ Hardaker
two of the UK’s most intriguing and searching body based artists - Radage ▽ Hardaker Live Art Bistro, 2015.