In Sondra Perry’s Lineage for a Multiple-Monitor Workstation: Number One, the artist casts various members of her family to play themselves in a fragmented multi-threaded narrative that centers on both real and imagined familial lore. Unfolding across two screens, with multiple windows open, one on top of the other, Perry’s two channel video-performance digs through the messy and complicated way that images function in constructing identity.
Sondra Perry makes performance and video installations that play with slippages of identity through manifesting “paraspaces,” a term coined by science-fiction author Samuel Delany, meaning a space existing parallel to the normal or ordinary. Born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, in 1986, Perry holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BFA from Alfred University. In 2015, the artist’s work appeared in the fourth iteration of the Greater New York exhibition at MoMA/PS1. Other exhibitions include Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, 2015; A Curious Blindness, Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, New York (2015); Of Present Bodies, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington VA (2014); and Young, Gifted, & Black: Transforming Visual Media, The Camera Club of New York (2012). Perry performed Sondra Perry & Associate Make Pancakes and Shame the Devil at the Artist’s Institute, New York, in 2015. The artist’s work has been screened at venues such as Les Voutes, Paris, France; Light Industry, New York; Video Art and Experimental Film Festival, Tribeca Cinemas, New York; Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Shenyang China; and LOOP Barcelona Media Arts Festival. Perry was a panelist at Black Artists on Social Media at the Brooklyn Museum, NY. In 2014 Perry was Guest Lecturer at the School of Visual Arts, New York, for the course History, Theory, and Practice of the Image. Perry has participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Vermont Studio Center, Ox-bow, the Experimental Television Center, and CORE at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.