Sonia Boué: The Artist is Not Presentexhibition • 02 Jul 2022 12am–6pm
Multiform artist Sonia Boué will exhibit her work The Artist is Not Present at Site Gallery as part of national event celebrating the Dada art movement.
On 2 July, Site Gallery will join 29 museums and galleries across the UK to host We Are Invisible We Are Visible (WAIWAV), presented by DASH, the disabled-led visual arts organisation.
We are Invisible We are Visible (WAIWAV)
To mark the 102nd anniversary of the 1st Dada International Exhibition in Berlin, 31 d/Deaf, Disabled and Neurodivergent artists will stage Dada inspired interventions in 30 museums and galleries across Britain and Northern Ireland on the same day – 2 July 2022.
The event We are Invisible We are Visible is presented by DASH, the disabled led visual arts organisation, and is made possible by the 2021 Ampersand Prize.
The Artist is Not Present
Sonia Boué’s intervention at Site Gallery, The Artist is Not Present, explores conditional visibility and invisible disability. Objects of autobiographical significance including a suitcase from her family archive and a childhood toy present an intimate stage set. Joke noses and party moustaches will form part of a studio ritual of performative collage making.
Audiences will be invited to experience Sonia’s installation grow. In this work Sonia seeks to critique the neurotypical gaze and assert performance as a radical act of neurodivergent healing and transformation.
The work will be live-streamed to Site Gallery and on Instagram Live @s_boue
Lead image: Nosey, Sonia Boué. 2022.
Sonia Boue has a performative and responsive visual arts practice. Situated between her studio, and online spaces, Boué’s practice
encompasses many forms to articulate a concern with home and the domestic as metaphors for exile and displacement. This touches both on the
historic and the contemporary, and is often autobiographical.
At the intersection of the visual arts and activism, Boué is concerned with objects, identity and location. Rooted in a fascination with family archives,
material memory, and the themes of forced migration and inherited trauma, her work has been exhibited internationally and is held in digital form at Tate
Britain, the BBC, and Bodleian Library in Oxford. She has performed in the UK, Ireland, and Spain.
Sonia also specialises in designing neuro-inclusive models of practice. Her most recent works explore the articulation of neurodivergent identity through performative photography and collage.