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Sonia Boyce | Barbados

Born in 1962 in Angel, UK, from Barbadian background,
Lives & works in London, UK,
Painting, video, mixed media, photography, installation

Graduated from the East Ham College and from the Stourbridge College of Art in the West Midlands (1983), UK.

Individual exhibitions by Sonia Boyce

Scat: Sound and Collaboration at the inIVA in London, UK (2013) ; Oh Adelaide, with Ain Bailey, at the Wimbledon Space of the Wimbledon College of Art in London, UK (2010) ; Crop Over at the Franklin Humanities Institute of Duke University, USA (2011), at the Barbados National Art Gallery (2008), at Axel Lapp Projects in Berlin, Germany & at the Harewood House in Leeds, UK (2007-2008) ; Recent Sonia Boyce: La, La, La at the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery of Reed College, in Oregon, USA (2001) ; Sonia Boyce – Performance at the Cornerhouse Gallery of Manchester, UK (1998) ; Sonia Boyce at the Whitechapel Gallery of London, UK (1988) and Peep at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, UK (1995).

Collective exhibitions

Keywords at the inIVA in London and at the TATE Liverpool, UK (2013) ; There is no archive in which nothing gets lost at the Museum of Fine Art Houston, USA (2012) ; Migrations: Journeys into British Art at the Tate Britain in London, UK (2012) ; 28 Days: Reimagining Black History Month at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery & Georgia Scherman Projects of Toronto, Canada (2012) ; 8 + 8 – video art at the 53 Art Museum of Gwangju, China (2011-2012) ; Black Sound White Cube’ at the Kunstquartier Bethanien of Berlin, Germany (2011) ; The Impossible Community at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art , Russia (2011) ; Afro Modern at the Tate Liverpool, UK (2010) ; British Subjects: Identity and Self-Fashioning 1967-2009 at the Neuberger Museum of Art of SUNY, New York, USA (2009) ; Menschen und Orte at the Kunstverein Konstanz, Germany (2008) ; a season of film (2008) and REVIEW (2007) at Axel Lapp Projects in Berlin, Germany ; Devotional at the National Portrait Gallery of London, UK (2007) ; Century City: art and culture in the modern metropolis at the Tate Modern of London, UK (2001) ; Interzones: A Work in Progress at the Kunstforeningen of Copenhaguen, Denmark (1996) and The Thin Black Line at the ICA of London, UK (1985).


Sonia Boyce participates into PLAY! Recapturing the Radical Imagination – Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art in Sweden (2013) ; Contour 2013, 6e Biennale de L’Image en Mouvement – Leisure, Discipline and Punishment in Belgium (2013) ; 3d Bienal de La Habana, Cuba in 1989, 7th Sharjah Biennial in 2007 or into the 2d Biennial of Thessalonique, Greece in 2009.


Sonia Boyce was appointed MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2007, for services to art.


The same year, altogether with David A Bailey and Ian Baucom, she receives the History of British Art Book Prize in the USA for a reedited version of the book Shades of Black: Black Art in 1980s Britain, published by the Duke University Press in collaboration with inIVA & AAVAA.