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Recent Sonia Boyce: La, La, La

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 2001
Published by: Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, Portland, Oregon
Year published: 2001
Number of pages: 28

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Recent Sonia Boyce: La, La, La, April 17 - June 17, 2001, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, Portland, Oregon, USA. Catalogue for exhibition of then-recent work by British artist Sonia Boyce, consisting of eight works produced between 1995 and 2000. The catalogue produced to accompany the exhibition was an important document as it provides a substantial guide to Boyce’s output during a time in which substantial exhibitions of her work in the United Kingdom were relatively rare. (The principal one being Performance at Cornerhouse, Manchester, in 1998).

The exhibition featured the following works, a number of which were reproduced in the catalogue:

The Audition Curtain, double-sided photographs suspended by ring-wire, 1997-99
Black Female Hairstyles, 50 collages, 1995
Choral 2, photographic and sound installation, 2001
Head 1 (Skin) and Head 2 (Dread), 2 photo silk screen street posters, 1995
I Want To See It: twirl, wiggle, spin and chew, 4 silent films, 1998
They’re Almost Like Twins, 2 inkjet prints onto heavy-duty vinyl, 1995
Tongues, 4 black and white photographs, 1998
Travel Writer, 5 photocopies of drawings, 1997-2000.

Catalogue contents as follows:

Table of contents

Introduction: Recent Sonia Boyce: La, La, La,
Susan Fillin-Yeh, Anne and John Hauberg Director, and Curator

Allegory and Its Discontents: Notes on the Recent Work of Sonia Boyce
By Marcus Verhagen

Dissonant Chorus
By Gilane Tawadros

Sonia Boyce: exhibitions, residencies, and awards since 1995


Checklist of works in the exhibition

From Fillin-Yeh’s introduction: “…Exhibition co-curator Marcus Verhagen examined the trajectories of Boyce’s work that set up and then confound stereotypes. He uses the notion of allegory to contemplate Boyce’s “liberating notions of identity …that is …playful, contingent, and sexually charged.”

From Verhagen’s essay” “It should now be evident that Boyce’s complicating and destabilizing of difference necessarily entails a critique of conventional notions of self.”

Tawadros’ text focuses on discussing several of Boyce’s then-recent  work. As with Verhagen’s text, Tawadros’ essay is illustrated with reproductions of Boyce’s work, and relevant archival photographs.

Related people

»  Sonia Boyce MBE OBE RA

Born, 1962 in London, England

»  Gilane Tawadros

Born, 1959

»  Marcus Verhagen

Born, 1963 in Belgium

Related exhibitions

Related venues

»  Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery

Portland, Oregon, United States of America