Janet Cardiff

Janet Cardiff, 'Forty Part Motet', 2001

Image: Colin Davison © Janet Cardiff, courtesy the artist and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

Janet Cardiff is celebrated for a body of work that comprises audio walks, sound works and sound installations. Born in Canada and now living in Canada and Berlin, she often works with her partner Georges Bures Miller, but first gained recognition as a solo artist.

Cardiff has exhibited at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Louisiana Museum in Denmark, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Tate Modern in London. In 1999, she was commissioned by Artangel to make The Missing Voice (Case Study B) in London. In Forty Part Motet (2001), members of Salisbury Cathedral Choir are recorded singing an arrangement of the choral work Spem in alium nunquam habui by Thomas Tallis. Forty individual voices are played back through forty speakers in an installation that has been exhibited and acclaimed internationally.

Janet Cardiff represented Canada at the São Paulo Bienal (1998) and at the Istanbul Biennial (1999) with George Bures Miller. Cardiff and Bures Miller have gone on to work together, exhibiting at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada (2002), Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (2003), Vancouver Art Gallery (2005), Miami Art Museum (2007), Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2008),  Art Gallery of Alberta (2010) and in in Documenta 13 (2012). Cardiff represented Canada at the 49th Venice Biennale (2001) with an exhibition that won La Biennale di Venezia Special Award. She is represented by Luhring Augustine, New York.

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