Sonia BoyceMissionary Position II 1985

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Artist
Sonia Boyce (born 1962)
Title
Missionary Position II
Date 1985
MediumWatercolour, pastel and crayon on paper
Dimensionssupport: 1238 x 1830 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1987
Reference
T05020

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Missionary Position II explores ideas about British society in the 1980s, especially conflicting opinions about religious beliefs across different generations and cultures. The artist uses herself as the model for both figures and the work reflects her growing antipathy towards her Christian upbringing. The praying figure suggests passive acceptance of white culture. The figure on the right, wearing a red turban, which Boyce associated with Rastafarianism, proposes an alternative position to the dominant ideologies of the day.

October 2013

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