SONIA BOYCE, THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN TO REPRESENT GREAT BRITAIN AT THE VENICE BIENNALE 2021

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Sonia Boyce. Photo by Paul Cochrane, courtesy of UAL, 2013.

Sonia Boyce will represent Great Britain at the 59th Venice Biennale the British Council announced today. The biennial will run from May to November 2021. Boyce will make history as the first black woman to receive the commission.

Boyce’s paintings usually portray scenes of contemporary black life, focusing on identity and storytelling. Coming into prominence in the early 1980s, she was one of the youngest artists of her generation to have her work acquired by Tate.

“Boyce’s work raises important questions about the nature of creativity, questioning who makes art, how ideas are formed, and the nature of authorship. At such a pivotal moment in the UK’s history, the committee has chosen an artist whose work embodies inclusiveness, generosity, experimentation, and the importance of working together.” said Emma Dexter, director of visual arts at the British Council, commissioner of the British pavilion and chair of the British Pavilion selection committee — via The Guardian.