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Performance: Laima Leyton
WED 22 MAY 2024, 7-8pm

Layered photographs of a woman standing and sitting wearing long draping clothing.

Image courtesy Laima Leyton. Photo by Jorre Jansen

£5, booking required

Experience a new performance by Laima Leyton at the SLG as part of the public programme for our current exhibition, Acts of Resistance: Photography, Feminisms and the Art of Protest. Using drumming, megaphones and voice, the performance explores moments of transition and vulnerability during processes of migration and motherhood. 

Leyton draws from her own experiences of migration and those of Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco, who designed a garden for the South London Gallery.

The music is performed by Leyton and Iggor Cavalera with costumes by Liria Pristine, scent designed by Anelena Toku and visuals by filmmaker Pedro Küster


Laima Leyton (b. 1977) is a Brazilian artist currently based in London, U.K. Her practice fuses music, performance, education and the domestic. Leyton uses question and action in her performance work to tell stories through audience interaction. She modifies domestic objects to play synth sounds and effects such as reverbs and filters. This act centres the home and her experience of motherhood in her practice. 

She released her debut album Home in 2019, a conceptual album about motherhood and domestic life. It was performed as part of Purcell Sessions at the Southbank Centre in 2022. Leyton is a resident artist at Gasworks and part of the artist duo InnerSwell with Lexy Morvaridi. She works closely with the charity In Place of War who empower people in places of conflict and crisis to make music, arts and culture. With IPoW she has taught music production in Uganda, Tanzania and Palestine and developed GRRRL a musical super group with women from Ghana, Bangladesh, Brazil, Venezuela, Zimbabwe and the UK. She is represented by Richard Saltoun, London.

Selected performances and exhibitions: The Limitless Voice, ICA, 2023; InnerSwell, ICA, 2023; Still There are Seeds to be Gathered in the Bag of Stars, Kupfer Gallery, 2023; InnerSwell, IKLECTIK, 2023; How Not to Exclude Artist Mothers (and other parents), TJ Boulting, London, 2022; Mãe, 55SP, 2022; Disruption of Power, ICA, 2022; Mothering, Kupfer Gallery, 2022; InnerSwell, Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2022; Home, Southbank Centre, 2022; InnerSwell, Gasworks, 2021; Infinite Past, Infinite Future and NOW, Richard Saltoun, 2021; Home, Richard Saltoun, 2020.


  • Wheelchair Access and Disabled Toilets are available at this site.
  • This event is not seated, but seats are available at request.
  • This event will be loud.
  • This performance will begin in the SLG’s Main Gallery. It will move through the Orozco Garden to the Clore Studio. The route is wheelchair accessible.
  • Please contact with access requirements. 

Public Programme Funder: The Ampersand Foundation

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