Sonia Boyce: ‘Gathering a history of Black women’

The artist conveys political messages focusing on Black representation

Highlighting questions around race and cultural difference, Sonia Boyce conveys political messages focusing on black representation and perceptions of the Black body through her art.

The British Afro-Caribbean artist gained prominence as part of the Black Arts Movement in the 1980s. Using drawing, print, photography, performance and installation, Boyce aims to shift notions of race that have pervaded since the abolition of slavery.

We visited the London based artist in her studio to discover how she is reconstructing and gathering a history of Black women who have been forgotten in a white society.

See the artist's work in our Life Between Islands: Caribbean-British Art 1950s - Now exhibition at Tate Britain, 1 December 2021 – 3 April 2022

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