Sondra Perry

“The backhoe is now removed from use, and so it has time to think about all these ways terraforming has happened on this planet, and how it can happen on others. . . . The piece really came from a type of thinking about shifting geologies in relationship to colonialism, and how the shifting of the earth, the changing of the South, coincided with the changing and shifting of people—how they have been moved and shifted throughout time. . . .”

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Sondra Perry, GIF excerpt, *Eclogue for [in]HABITABILITY*, 2017–20. Backhoe workstation with three-channel HD synced monitor video and projection, sound, running time variable. Overall dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Bridget Donahue Gallery, New York. \n
\nSondra Perry, GIF excerpt, *Eclogue for [in]HABITABILITY*, 2017–20. Backhoe workstation with three-channel HD synced monitor video and projection, sound, running time variable. Overall dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Bridget Donahue Gallery, New York.
\nDigital rendering for Sondra Perry *Eclogue for [in]HABITABILITY*, 2017–20. Digital image, dimensions variable. Courtesy of Queens Museum
 
Excerpt from The Park and the People: A History of Central Park, 1992.

by Roy Rosenzweig and Elizabeth Blackmar. This excerpt tells the story of Seneca Village, a community of free often landowning Black people displaced from the land that would become Central Park. Roy Alan Rosenzweig (1950–2007) was an historian at George Mason University in Virginia. Blackmar is Professor of American History at Columbia University.

Excerpt from A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None, 2018

by Kathryn Yusoff. This text takes as its basis the proposed geological epoch dating from the start of significant human impacts on Earth’s geology and ecosystems known as the Anthropocene. Connecting Black feminist theory, geography, and the earth sciences, Yusoff argues the very discipline of geology is rooted in the extractive economies of colonialism and slavery. She is Professor of Inhuman Geography at Queen Mary University of London.

Sondra Perry, *Eclogue for [in]HABITABILITY*, 2017. Backhoe workstation, three-channel HD synced monitor video and three-channel HD video projection, sound, 4:17 minutes, overall dimensions variable. Courtesy of Seattle Art Museum in Seattle, Washington, photo credit: Natali Wiseman.
Sondra Perry, *you out here look n like you don’t belong to nobody: heavy metal and reflective*, 2019. HD video on monitor, SD video on TFT LCD with  sound, 7:59 minutes, iron casting crucible, 11-gauge sheet metal, 7-pound sad irons, railroad spikes, c. 18th–19th century crab rattle shackles, c. 18th–19th century shackles, Campo del Cielo iron meteorites, black iron oxide, red iron oxide, 1-octen-3-ol, web cameras, hard drives, SD card readers, audio and video cables, water, overall dimensions variable. Courtesy The Shed, photo credit: Dan Bradica.\n
Sondra Perry, *IT’S IN THE GAME ’17 or Mirror Gag for Vitrine and Projection*, 2017. HD video projection in a room painted Rosco Chroma Key Blue, color, sound (looped), single-channel HD video projection, sound, 16:20 minutes. Commissioned by the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo (HOK) and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), University of Pennsylvania for the exhibition _Myths of the Marble_, image courtesy of the artist and Bridget Donahue, NYC\n
 

Sondra Perry (b. 1986, Perth Amboy, New Jersey) holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BFA from Alfred University. Solo exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland, USA; Luma Westbau, Zürich, Switzerland; Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, USA; Disjecta, Portland, USA; Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, UK; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA; Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo, USA; The Kitchen, New York, USA; and Institute for New Connotative Action, Seattle, USA. Perry has participated in residencies at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts (2015–16), RECESS (2015), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2013), Ox-bow (2012), Vermont Studio Center (2011), and the Experimental Television Center (2011). She currently lives and works in Newark, New Jersey.

Image in menu: Sondra Perry, still from Eclogue for [in]HABITABILITY, 2017–20. Backhoe workstation with three-channel HD synced monitor video and projection, sound, running time variable. Overall dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Bridget Donahue Gallery, New York.

Sondra Perry

“The backhoe is now removed from use, and so it has time to think about all these ways terraforming has happened on this planet, and how it can happen on others. . . . The piece really came from a type of thinking about shifting geologies in relationship to colonialism, and how the shifting of the earth, the changing of the South, coincided with the changing and shifting of people—how they have been moved and shifted throughout time. . . .”

 
Excerpt from The Park and the People: A History of Central Park, 1992.

by Roy Rosenzweig and Elizabeth Blackmar. This excerpt tells the story of Seneca Village, a community of free often landowning Black people displaced from the land that would become Central Park. Roy Alan Rosenzweig (1950–2007) was an historian at George Mason University in Virginia. Blackmar is Professor of American History at Columbia University.

Excerpt from A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None, 2018

by Kathryn Yusoff. This text takes as its basis the proposed geological epoch dating from the start of significant human impacts on Earth’s geology and ecosystems known as the Anthropocene. Connecting Black feminist theory, geography, and the earth sciences, Yusoff argues the very discipline of geology is rooted in the extractive economies of colonialism and slavery. She is Professor of Inhuman Geography at Queen Mary University of London.

 

Sondra Perry (b. 1986, Perth Amboy, New Jersey) holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BFA from Alfred University. Solo exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland, USA; Luma Westbau, Zürich, Switzerland; Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, USA; Disjecta, Portland, USA; Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, UK; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA; Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo, USA; The Kitchen, New York, USA; and Institute for New Connotative Action, Seattle, USA. Perry has participated in residencies at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts (2015–16), RECESS (2015), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2013), Ox-bow (2012), Vermont Studio Center (2011), and the Experimental Television Center (2011). She currently lives and works in Newark, New Jersey.

Image in menu: Sondra Perry, still from Eclogue for [in]HABITABILITY, 2017–20. Backhoe workstation with three-channel HD synced monitor video and projection, sound, running time variable. Overall dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Bridget Donahue Gallery, New York.