Sonia Boyce
LEAP into uncertainty
19 Nov 2010
Friday Event Lecture

Talking, singing, gathering folk - and the popular, the recent practice of Sonia Boyce has involved the participation of others in what she likes to call ‘improvised’ collaborations. Improvisation automatically means to be unsure what will come next. Boyce will discuss recent works that foreground this sense of uncertainty whilst looking at the past.

Sonia Boyce came into prominence in the early 1980s as a key figure in the burgeoning black British art scene of that time, with works that spoke about racial identity and gender in Britain. Since the 1990s her practice has shifted to encompass cultural differences and how these differences might be articulated, mediated and enjoyed.

Sonia Boyce has exhibited extensively throughout the UK and internationally. Exhibitions and monographs include: Sonia Boyce: Speaking in Tongues, (Kala Press 1997), Annotations 2/Sonia Boyce: Performance, (Iniva,1998); Century City: art and culture in the modern metropolis, Tate Modern, London (2001); Sharjah International Bienal 7, Sharjah (2005); Devotional, National Portrait Gallery, London (2007); Crop Over, Harewood House, Leeds and Barbados National Museum (2007/2008), For you, only you (2007/2008), Praxis : Art in Times of Uncertainty, Thessaloniki Biennal 2 (2009); Like Love, Spike Island, Bluecoat & the Potteries Museum Art Gallery (Green Box Press 2010); Afro Modern, Tate Liverpool and tour (2010), and Griot Girlz: Feminist Art and the Black Atlantic, Kunstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck (2010).

In 2007 Boyce was joint recipient of the History of British Art Book Prize (USA) for the edited volume Shades of Black: Black Art in 1980s Britain (Duke University Press, Iniva and AAVA). She is currently an AHRC Research Fellow at Wimbledon College of Art and Design: Centre for Drawing, University of the Arts London, researching the dynamics and ethics of collaboration.

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