Sondra Perry


AUGUST 24 – 28, 2016

24th August (Wed): 20:00 — Introducing the Alien, a moving image intervention by Sondra Perry
25th August (Thurs): 14:00 – 17:00 — Reading Group, part I. Reading: Consent’s Revenge by Audra Simpson
27th August (Sat): 12:00 – 18:00 — Screening Program. Reading: My Black Death by Arthur Jafa
28 August (Sun): 14:00 – 17:00 / 20:00 – 23:00 — Reading Group, part II.  Lecture. Reading: IN Free Fall: A Thought Experiment on Verical Perspective by Hito Steyerl

* The Reading Group is a close-reading session of two texts over two days. It is not necessary to follow both parts.
** Looped screening program compiled by Sondra Perry.

Perry will introduce us to thoughts, texts, video and action surrounding her newest video work.

Perry’s work revolve around black American history and ways in which technology shapes personhood, often with her own personal history as a point of departure. With her current investigations —through the lens of the Alien franchise — she asks: when subjects become unpredictable in order to break with societal norms, how do agents of power respond? What methods of surveillance is developed to keep a fluid society under observation?

Sondra Perry (b. 1986, Perth Amboy, New Jersey) is an interdisciplinary artist whose works in video, computer-based media, and performance explore the digital abstraction of subjecthood. She 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 program CORE at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Solo exhibitions include The Kitchen, NY (upcoming), Good Weather, AR and INCA, Seattle. In 2015, the artist’s work appeared in the fourth iteration of the Greater New York exhibition at MoMA/PS1. Other exhibitions include Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle (2015) traveled to: Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles CA (2015); Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn NY (2016); A Curious Blindness, Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, New York (2015); Of Present Bodies, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington VA (2014); and Young, Gifted, & Black: Transforming Visual Media, The Camera Club of New York (2012). In June 2016, Perry presented a moving image intervention during the Park Nights 2016 at the Serpentine Gallery, London. She performed Sondra Perry & Associate Make Pancakes and Shame the Devil at the Artist’s Institute, New York, in 2015.

The artist’s work has been screened at venues such as Les Voutes, Paris, France; Light Industry, New York; Video Art and Experimental Film Festival, Tribeca Cinemas, New York; Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Shenyang China; and LOOP Barcelona Media Arts Festival. Perry was a panelist at Black Artists on Social Media at the Brooklyn Museum, NY.  Perry has participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Vermont Studio Center, Ox-bow, and the Experimental Television Center. 20perry.html