at home: Artists in Conversation | Sonya Clark

Event time: 
Friday, September 29, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) See map
1080 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Event description: 

Join us for lively and inspiring conversations with some of today’s most notable artists. “at home: Artists in Conversation” brings together curators and artists to discuss artistic practices and insights into their work.
Born in 1967 in Washington, DC, Sonya Clark is an African American artist of Caribbean heritage. Intersections of textiles—flags, in particular—and hair are recurring materials in her work. Through these, Clark celebrates Blackness and reclaims freedoms while interrogating historical and contemporary injustices. Her work is grounded in the exchange of stories and the transmission of craft techniques between individuals, communities, and generations. She is known for collaborative artworks that honor hairstylists, center marginalized communities and incarcerated individuals, and hold space for the grief of communities hard-hit by COVID. Her braided wig series of the late 1990s, which evokes African traditions of personal adornment, moved these common forms into the realm of personal and political expression.