A. Will Brown, Assistant Curator Toby Devan Lewis Gallery As the inaugural recipient of Toby’s Prize—a biennial award made possible by Toby Devan Lewis, philanthropist and a founding board member of moCa Cleveland—Sondra Perry (1986, Perth Amboy, NJ) will have her first solo exhibition in a United States museum at moCa Cleveland in the spring of 2019. An emerging and already influential voice in contemporary art, Sondra Perry’s work, which takes shape across many forms, in the artist's words revolves around: “how blackness shifts, morphs, and embodies technology to combat oppression and surveillance throughout the diaspora.” Through the use of digital tools, software, images and videos found online, and post-production technical motifs, the artist reflects on black American experience and the use of digital technology as an expression of power and a tool for building collectivity. Perry’s exhibition will include a new video as well as a new large-scale sculptural workstation installation—a unique and ongoing form she has explored in her practice. These new works will focus on the stresses and anxieties felt by African Americans in workplaces and acknowledge some of the defense mechanisms by which minority workers protect themselves. This, and all forthcoming Toby’s Prize exhibitions, will include a body of new work made for presentation at moCa Cleveland.
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