Artist Biography 

 

Selected Awards and Bursaries

 

2020  CCCADI’s Institute for Racial and Social Justice in Arts & Culture, NY USA.

2020  Earth Seed Scholarship The Black Permaculture Network, USA

2017  Boss Harlan Foundation Stipend, USA, University of Minnesota.

2015  TINA Award Winner

2014  Leon Levy Foundation grant recipient, USA

2014  David and Rosamund Putmann Transportation Fund, MacDowell Colony, NH, USA

2013  Emergency Craft Award Finalist, Aspex Gallery, Plymouth, England.

2013  Shortlisted for Neo Art Prize, Bolton, England.

2012  Selected as a winner of the  Premio-Ora Contemporary Art Prize, Italy

2012  Selected as Artslant award winner for the showcase for Sculpture, NY, USA

2009  Scholarship for MFA program at the Transart Institute Krems, Austria 

1989  Bursary to attend the Royal St. Catherine’s Conference of Commonwealth Arts                  Windsor, England 

 

Selected Exhibitions and Residencies

 

 

2021

Upcoming:

Solo Show in conjunction with Zelda, Arcade Gallery, London

“Return of the GIF!” White Page Gallery, Anonymous Waves.

Solo Show Royal Geographical Society, London.

CaFA Art Fair Bridgetown, Barbados with Calabar Gallery, Harlem.

Artist Talk, University of St Andrews.

 

2020

 

  • ​DEAR Program Residency supported by the Altman Foundation, The New York City Department    of Cultural Affairs, and The New York Community Trust.

  • Ostrale In cooperation with Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture, now an online exhibition called "WATERGATE - From water to land, from land to water", Croatia. 

  • Selected for the Social Distancing Festival.com 2020

  • Fellowship CAT+SR Nairobi, Kenya.

  • Lecturer Drawing Medicine Department, University of Southampton, England

  • Solo Show: “Sky” Villa Romana, Florence, Italy.

  • “Womanism" Circle Gallery in conjunction with Ostrale Biennale, Nairobi

  • Selected for the Mycolective Feral Practice at Chisenhale Studio, England

  • Selected for Test Card Project, with live Cinema UK “Hyperlink” England

  • Venice Agenda's online exhibition "Platform Art Project", commissioned by invitation.

  • Selected for Residency at West Dean College of Art and Conservation, England to consider "Whose Heritage?" 

2019

  • Finalist: Assistant Professor of Sculpture tenure track University of Minnesota USA

  • Ostrale Biennale, Dresden, Germany

  • Panel member “Womanism” Goethe Institute, Dresden Germany

  • "A Space" bursary Panel, Southampton England

  • Bleddfa Cultural Centre Wales "Out of the Woods"

  • The Black Pow(d)er Room screening at Grrlhousecinema, Berlin.

  • "Ghosting" Residency Artsadmin, Toynbee Studios, London England.

2018

  • “Beyond Windrush” The MAC (Midlands Art Centre) Birmingham, UK in interview with Dr Pat Knoxolo.

  • Iwalewahaus,"Prekäre Kunst” Bayreuth.

  • Artists Talk, University of Bayreuth and Forschungsinstitut für Musiktheater

  • The One Gallery, “EXIST... an Ode to Ballet” New York

  • The University of Leeds “Hello Culture: Digital Identities” Including a position a

   panel member and Artist Talk.

  • National Trust legacies of colonialism workshop lecture Empire and unstated-

   Stately Homes, Birmingham.

  • Artists talk, The University of Amsterdam.

   Residency, hosted “Talking to ourselves”. The aipcc, Bavaria, Germany.

 

2017 

 

  • Artist Talk and Exhibition British Library, London, UK​​

  • August "Topophilia" Contemporary Visual Projects “The hygge and the un-hygge”Mid and Western Jutland, Denmark

  • March “Loving Blackness” Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, USA

  • Commission Derby Museum and Art Gallery and exhibition, England.

  • CARISCC commission Caribbean insecurities creativity and negotiation in the Caribbean, Birmingham, England.

  • Bridge the Gap Exhibition II at Derby Museums with Artcore. 

  • Residency East Street Arts Leeds, Union 105, Leeds England

  • March, Artists Talk Keynote Leeds University, Leeds Postgraduate Conference on Caribbean In/securities and Creativity, England

  • June, British Library, London, UK

  • Aug, The Light House, Glasgow, UK

  • Oct, Union 105/East Street Arts. Leeds UK

2016

   “My Future Non-Identity Will” Tete Gallery, Berlin, Germany.

  • “(re) Thinking Feminism and Black Womanhood Open lab and exhibition,

  • 32 degrees East Gallery, Kampala, Uganda. including Artist Talk for Goethe Zen- trum and Iwalele House.

  • The National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, West Indies. "Digital"

  • Transart Triennale, Berlin, Germany. "The Imperceptible Self"

  • “Digital”, The National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica.

  • “A Traveling Exhibition” Create or Die, Sydney, Australia.

  • “Afrosonic Signifier” in conversation with Satch Hoyt broadcast at Gallery Kit at the Trondheim Academy of Art, Meta Morf 2016 Trondheim Biennale for art and technology.

  • “On-Site in 16 Cities” Babette, Karl Marx Allee 36 Berlin, Jan, Germany.

 

2015

 

  • “Double Life” The Berlin Collective, Feb, Berlin, Germany. 

  • “The Format Follow” The Format-Contemporary Culture Gallery, March Milan, Italy.

  • Pop up show with Olaf Holzapfel at the Kunstfabrik Flutorgraben ev. Berlin Sept.

  • Gallery Below 65 “Edge” Plymouth Aug, England. 

  • Borgo Ensemble, "Dialogannahme", Nürnberg, Germany.

  • NN Kunst Preis Sonderausstellung, Kunsthaus Nürnberg, Kunst Kultur Quatier,Germany

  • Schlachten “Displaced” Mendelsohnhalle, Brandenburg, June/July, Germany

2014

MacDowell Colony Residency, New Hampshire, USA Nov/Dec

• TIAF The Independent Artists Fair (not for profit artists coop) London 15th  -18th Oct during Frieze London

• "Home" Orange County Centre for Contemporary Art, OCCCA, California, USA

• Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA), USA

• "The Grass Grows"  The Format Gallery in conjunction with ArtLab Gallery,Glenda  Cinquegrana Basel, Switzerland, during Art Basel.

• Amy-d arte spazio, "Ghoramara" of Deasung Lee with the Desktop Garden Group    Milan, Italy  

• "The Secret Gardens" in Fabbrica del Vapore, an Artist intervention in Milan  Design Week, Italy.

 

2013

     

Resistance and Longing, CIAT- Contemporary Institute for Art & Thought, Berlin,   Germany.

Emergency Craft Show, Aspex Gallery, Plymouth, England.

London Calling, Factory Art Gallery, 4 Wilkes Street, London, England.

Reloaded, Factory Art Gallery, Momsen Strasse 27, Berlin, Germany.

• Solo Show: Otherings sea/home Magazzini dell'Arte Contemporanea, Trapani, Italy.

Nutrimenti Trapani Biennale, Museum of the Sea, Trapani, Italy.

Unlucky, Berlin Collective, Online show, Berlin, Germany.

Precursor, Catalyst Arts Center, Belfast, Ireland.

The Story of the Creative Angel Orensanz Gallery, Long Island City, NY, USA

• “Keywords” project with INIVA and Tate Liverpool, England

• Critique leader for European students of Transart Institute

 

2012

Coiled Potentials, Atelierhof, Berlin

Home and Away Caribbean Art project and 4Hr Nap Collective, WOMA, Grenada, WI

• Berlin Collective workshop with John Von Bergen, Berlin

• Film collaboration with Rex Films

• Video Workshop Art Institute New York with N.Cohen Jan 2012

• Residency Like the Spice Gallery Transart Institute, New York,2011

•„Making Mirrors“ NGBK, (Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst) Berlin, Germany.

 

 

2011

Nothing to Declare Blanc compound Manila, Philippines

• Residency, Like the Spice Gallery Transart Institute, New York,

• Making Mirrors, NGBK, Berlin, Germany,

• Snap to Grid Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, LA

• Art in the Open Rosenwald Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia

• Art in the Open, Installation in the Saucihall Park Philadelphia

• Group Residency Dia Beacon, New York

• Winter Residency, Sideshow Gallery Transart Institute, New York

• Open Space Projekt: Zwischenraum für Kunst & Migration, Heinrich Böll Institute,   Berlin Germany.

 

2010

Summer Residency Tanzfabrik Berlin, Transart Institute 2009

• Black Fine Arts Fair, 2008, 2009 New York

 

 

Selected Publications

The British Art Studies Journal, Cover collaboration “Beyond Interspecies Objectification” 

Flash Art Italy, 348 Mar-Apr,2020 Sonia Elizabeth Barrett "Sky" Villa Romana/ Firenze by Angela Moya Garcia.

Installation View #museumshutdown 19.March 2020, "Sonia Elizabeth Barrett: Sky" Contemporary & Magazine. 

Protocollum 2017/18 Issue 4 Global Perspectives on Visual Vocabulary. Dickersbach Kunst Verlag.

Small Axe “SX 57: 11.2018” “The Difficult Conversation” by Dr Carol Dixon.

ELSE Journal Issue 2: “The Imperceptible Self” 2017 by Jennie Klein.

Authored Article on Tracey Rose at Dan Gun Gallery for “Sleek Magazine-the visual contemporary” 2015

Work featured in The ELSE Journal, Issue 1. 2015

Contemporary & "Complicating the Notion of identity" By Will Furtado Lundi 30 Janvier 2017 (with image)

Kunstforum International, Vol 210,211, pg 324, 2011 (with image)

"Daima" Images of Women of Color in Germany by Nzitu Mawakha Series: Witnessed, 2013

"The Little Book of Big Visions. How to be an Artist and Revolutionize the World" ed. Sandrine Micossé-Aikins and Sharon Dodua Otoo  2012 (with image)

International Review of African American Art innovation ed. 2011 vol.23 (with image)

Interkultur Newspaper Berlin Jul/Aug 2010 (with image)

Black History 365 Journal, London, pg 4, 2000(with image)

 

            

Education and Related Experience
 

MFA Studio Practice Transart Institute  Berlin/New York           

MA Degree English Literature St Andrews University Scotland

Dissertation Poetry and Art in Caribbean Culture

PDC Permaculture Design Qualification

 

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