Sonia Gomes

Sonia Gomes (b. 1948, Caetanópolis, Brazil) lives and works in  São Paulo, Brazil. Gomes’ work binds together cultural movements and traditions that are intrinsically linked to the affirmation of memory, identity and the transformative power of creation in situations of vulnerability and invisibility. Through the use of fabric, thread, found and gifted objects, her multi-dimensional, sometimes biomorphic sculptures and structures stand as insistent placeholders for the absent or unseen body. These gestural inquiries refer to the body itself, as a way to decolonize the past and reclaim the present to reconstitute and celebrate both the self and her black heritage. Recent exhibitions include Museum Frieder Burda, Germany (2019); Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil (2018); Turner Contemporary, UK (2017); and 56th Venice Biennale, Italy (2015).