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The Sea as a Locked place of Trade
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Sonia Elizabeth Barrett

Lives and works at Germany

Born 17/04/75


Of German Jamaican Parentage brought up in England, China and Cyprus Sonia Elizabeth Barrett has an international range of cultural influences. A graduate of St Andrews University where she studied Philosophy, Literature and International Relations and the Transart Institute (MFA) she has an unusual grounding in the concepts to which she offers her unique visual response. Selected Awards and Bursaries 2013 Emergency Craft Award Finalist, Aspex Gallery, Plymouth England. 2013 Shortlisted for Neo Art Prize, Bolton England. 2012 Selected as a winner of the Premio-Ora Contemporary Art Prize, Italy 2012 Selected as Artslant award winner for the showcase for Sculpture, NY, USA 2009 Scholarship for MFA Arts program at the Transart Institute Krems, Austria 1989 Bursary to attend the Royal St. Catherine’s Conference of Commonwealth Arts Windsor, England Selected Exhibitions and Residencies 2014 MacDowell Residency, Boston USA Nov/Dec TIAF The Independent Artists Fair (not for profit artists coop) London 15th -18th Oct "Home" Orange County Centre for Contemporary Art, OCCCA,California, USA Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) , USA "The Grass Grows" The Format Gallery in conjunction with ArtLab Gallery, Glenda Cinquegrana Basel, Switzerland. Selected Artist for "The Format Follow" May 2014, The Format -contemporary culture Gallery, Milan, Italy. Amy-d arte spazio, "Ghoramara" of Deasung Lee with the Desktop Garden Group Milan, Italy "The Secret Gardens" in Fabbrica del Vapore, an Artist intervention in Milan Design Week, Italy. 2013 Resistance and Longing, CIAT- Contemporary Institute for Art & Thought, Berlin, Germany. Emergency Craft Show, Aspex Gallery, Plymouth, England. London Calling, Factory Art Gallery, 4 Wilkes Street, London,England. Reloaded, Factory Art Gallery, Momsen Strasse 27, Berlin, Germany. Solo Show: Otherings sea/home Magazzini dell'Arte Contemporanea, Trapani, Italy. Nutrimenti Trapani Biennale, Museum of the Sea, Tor de Ligny, Trapani, Italy. Unlucky, Berlin Collective, Online show, Berlin , Germany. Precursor, Catalyst Arts Center, Belfast, Ireland. The Story of the Creative Angel Orensanz Gallery, Long Island City, New York, USA Selected to complete the “Keywords” project with INIVA and Tate Liverpool , England Critique leader for European students of Transart Institute 2012 Coiled Potentials Trampoline presents: A Transart Institute MFA Exhibition, Atelierhof, Berlin Home and Away Caribbean Art project and 4Hr Nap Collective, WOMA ,Grenada, WI Berlin Collective workshop with John Von Bergen, Berlin Film collaboration with Rex Films Video Workshop Art Institute New York with N.Cohen Jan 2012 2011 Nothing to Declare Blanc compound Manila, Philippines Residency, Like the Spice Gallery Transart Institute, New York, NGBK, (Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst) Berlin, Germany, Snap to Grid Los Angeles Center for Digital Art ,LA Art in the Open Rosenwald Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia Art in the Open, Installation in the Sauchall Park Philadelphia Group Residency Dia Beacon, New York Winter Residency, Sideshow Gallery Transart Institute, New York Open Space Projekt: Zwischenraum für Kunst & Migration, Heinrich Böll Institute, Berlin Germany. 2009 Summer Residency Tanzfabrik Berlin, Transart Institute 2009 Black Fine Arts Fair, 2008, 2009 New York 2008 The Kalahari Building, Harlem, New York, USA. The International Black Art Expo 2007, Philadelphia, USA 2007 The International Black Art Expo 2007, Philadelphia, USA2005 Postcards from the Edge Robert Miller Gallery, New York, USA Expo 2000, World Exposition “Three British Artists” Hanover, German Selected Publications Part of "Daima" Images of Women of Color in Germany by Nzitu Mawakha Series: Witnessed, 2013 Chapter published in "The Little Book of Big Visions. How to be an Artist and Revolutionize the World" edited by Sandrine Micossé-Aikins and Sharon Dodua Otoo 2012 Work in International Review of African American Art innovation ed. 2011 vol.23 Work featured "Interkultur" Newspaper Berlin Jul/Aug 2010 Work featured "Black History 365" Journal, 2009. Work featured in "Paint" Magazine Philadelphia, 2008 Resume Before working as a visual artist I worked with black opera companies, dance companies, and cinema festivals that time afforded me a deep and exciting view into urban cultural creation by ethnic minorities in London. I am now living and working in Germany. Education and Related Experience MFA Studio Practice Transart Institute Berlin/New York Degree English Literature St Andrews University Scotland Dissertation Poetry and Art in Caribbean Culture www.sebarrett.net


I preform furniture. I translate antique 18th /19th century European furnishings typified by the inclusion of lion’s feet. Primarily sculptural, installation and video works ensue. The works meditate upon the division between the animal, the person and the object. The relationship between the laboring table or chair and the seated user is considered. My practice has broadened to include a wide range of seats and interior objects but is consistent is exploring, blurring, re positioning and questioning the the relationship between the user and the used. www.sebarrett.net

Tina Prize - Roma Artists Tina Prize - Berlin Artists Tina Prize - Bercelona Artists