Power 100

Most influential people in 2022 in the contemporary artworld


Sonia Boyce

Artist - Golden Lion-winning artist carving her own path

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Photo: Parisa Taghizadeh

When Boyce won the Golden Lion for her British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale this year, it was the culmination of a career that has not always received the recognition it deserved. Part of the Blk Art Group of artists who resisted the reactionary government of Margaret Thatcher during the 1980s, Boyce has long carved her own path, not least educating generations of students across British art schools. Earlier this year Boyce presented Radio Ballads, a project for the Serpentine Galleries and Barking Town Hall, the fruit of half-a-decade’s work within a community setting; she also opened her inaugural solo show with Simon Lee Gallery and a public commission for Cork Street, both in London. Boyce is the subject of an episode of the BBC documentary series Imagine that was broadcast in November, following the artist as she prepared for the Venice Biennale. All this while continuing to teach as professor and chair in Black Art and Design at the University of Arts London.

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