Sondra Perry constructs multifaceted narratives that explore the imagining, or imaging, of blackness throughout history. Often taking her own life as a point of departure, she makes works that revolve specifically around black American experiences and the ways in which technology and identities are entangled. Her use of digital tools and material, ranging from blue screen technology and 3D avatars to found footage from the internet, reflects on these modes of representation and the abstraction of black identity in art and media. Perry has said: "I'm interested in thinking about how blackness shifts,morphs, and embodies technology to combat oppression and surveillance throughout the diaspora. Blackness is agile."
Born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, in 1986, Perry holds an MFA from Columbia University, a BFA from Alfred University, and is currently based in Houston, Texas as part of the artist-in-residence programme CORE at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Recent solo exhibitions include flesh out at Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Art Center in Buffalo, Resident Evil at The Kitchen in New York. In 2015, the artist’s work appeared in the fourth iteration of the Greater New York exhibition at MoMA/PS1.
Courtesy of Serpentine Galleries