Tunga, Xifópagas Capilares entre Nós (Capillary Xiphopagus among Us), 1984. Photo by Wilton Montenegro 1987. 

The first staging of Tunga's seminal performance Xifópagas Capilares entre Nós (Capillary Xiphopagus among Us) at Tate Modern will run across a series of weekends in July and August.


The performance features twin adolescent girls who unexpectedly appear in the galleries to create an environment that blurs the line between reality and fiction. Tunga first staged Xifópagas Capilares entre Nós in 1984. It is based upon a myth of Nordic girls who are conjoined by their hair and whose existence causes conflict in a village. Finding inspiration in this uncanny tale, he went on to stage the performance throughout his career.


Tunga’s large lead sculpture Trança (Braid), c. 1983  and his writing referencing the twins are on display on Level 4 of the Boiler House.


Performance Dates:

July 20–22

July 27–29

August 3–5

August 10–12


The performances will take place in various galleries, unannounced, and at irregular times throughout the day.