Sonia Boue has a performative and responsive visual arts practice. She is also a writer.
Situated between her studio, and online spaces, Boué’s practice has encompassed many forms to articulate a concern with home and the domestic as metaphors for exile and displacement. This has touched both on the historic and the contemporary, and has often been autobiographical. She is also at the forefront of neuro-inclusive participatory arts practice in the UK.
Expansive and eclectic research enables her to create layered responses in paint, film, photography, assemblage, installation and performance; the boundaries between these forms becomes elastic to arrive at hybrid creations, hinting at an embodied duality. Intuitive and process-driven, her work often contains a spirit of improvisation and experimentalism. She approaches the interfaces of analogue and digital with a Heath Robinson vigour.
At the intersection of the visual arts and activism, Sonia generates liminal encounters to arrive at both instantaneous and more considered works. Dialogue is activated by sharing visual output across fora, serving as a catalyst for socially-engaged conversations from which to create further responses, rituals, and invocations to creative resistance through making.
Boué is concerned with objects, identity and location. Rooted in a fascination with family archives, material memory, and the themes of forced migration and inherited trauma, her work has been exhibited internationally and is held in digital form at Tate Britain, the BBC, and Bodleian Library in Oxford. She has performed in the UK, Ireland, and Spain. She has a significant body of postmemory work.
Sonia creates and leads Arts Council England funded projects which pioneer inclusive models of practice. She participates in a variety of community arts projects and carries out visual research in academic contexts.
Sonia was a creative consultant for the Playing A/Part Project film animation, I Feel Different. A Calling the Shots production for the Arts and Humanities Research Council supported by BBC Arts Culture in Quarantine.
Boué is also currently developing a collaborative neurodivergent practice with the artist Ashokkumar Mistry called Las Gemelas.
Photo credit: José García Lora
They called Sonia The Earthquake.
Her earliest experimental performance was in Mexico at the age of two when she let go of a beautiful red helium balloon to see what would happen, having been told not to let go. Devastated, she recovered her composure by swallowing a burst balloon and two pesos. She also enjoyed talking to dogs.
At seven she released the pegs on her pyjamas which were hanging out to dry on her grandmother's balcony in Barcelona. Sailing down 5 floors onto the roof of a passing taxi she watched them disappear into the night. This was arguably a creative pinnacle.
Sonia is currently working backwards to unlearn everything that has separated her from the girl she once was.
Publicly Funded Projects
2023 Arts Council England funded R&D Neurophototherapy 2 project
2021 Arts Council England funded R&D Neurophototherapy project
2020 Arts Council England funded Flow Observatorium Kongress Commission
2020 Covid Commission Disability Arts Online
2020 Thresholds Online Exhibition at MIMA
2020 Arts Council England Covid-19 emergency funding
2020 Arts Council England funded collaboration with Richard Hunt for the Shadowlight Artist’s LUMINOUS project
2018-2019 Arts Council England funded, Neither Use Nor Ornament (NUNO)
2018 AHRC funded Playing A/Part 3 year art film commission
2018 Arts Council England funded collaboration with Richard Hunt for the Shadowlight Artist’s Rising project.
2018 HUSH, solo pop-up installation at Barcelona University
2018 BBC Radio 4 programme The Art of Now: Return to Catalonia, with Overtone Productions
2018 Artist/ mentor, Arts at the Old Fire Station and Crisis Skylight, Our Place Project
2018 Solo exhibition at Arts at the Old Fire Station in Oxford, ¡Buenos Días Dictador!
2018 Arturo Barea Archive film commission with IC Communication, Instituto Cervantes and Bodleian Library.
2017 Arts Council England funded, Museum for Object Research
2017 A-N Professional Development Bursary
2016 Arts Council England funded Through An Artist's Eye project.
2016 Arts Council England funded collaboration with Richard Hunt for the Shadowlight Artist’s Creative Bridges project.
2015 Tate Britain film collaboration about the life of British artist Felicia Browne.