Project Description

Sondra Perry

March 17 – April 29, 2018

Curator: Julia Greenway

March 17 – April 29, 2018
Opening Reception: March 17, 6–9pm
Gallery Hours: Fri / Sat / Sun, 12–5pm

Houston-based artist Sondra Perry explores the intersection of technology and black history through
interactive sculptural and installation works. Following a solo exhibition at The Seattle Art Museum in the fall of 2017, Perry will use the Disjecta exhibition to explore a more experimental execution of her practice. Continuing her interests in “blackness as a technology, changing and adapting, through the constant surveillance and oppression of black folks.” Perry will present multiple works referencing sci-fi/horror video game/movie culture, incorporating the vibrant chroma key blue to reference the production of special effects, allowing the viewer’s physical body to seamlessly slip into the artist’s imagined worlds. Through the integration of digital platforms into installation and context-based artworks, Perry raises the questions of identity in conversation with contemporary articulations and embodiments of labor, desire, and materiality.

This is the final of four exhibitions of the Season 7 Curator–in–Residence Program curated by Julia Greenway.


Sondra Perry holds an MFA from Columbia University (2015) and a BFA from Alfred University (2012). Perry makes performance, video installations, and works for the internet and has participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Vermont Studio Center, Ox-bow, and the Experimental Television Center. Perry is currently an artist in residence at the CORE at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Her work is currently in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) PS1’s “Greater New York 2015” exhibition.


The 2017-2018 Curator-in-Residence season by Julia Greenway showcases four exhibitions by a diverse
group of contemporary female artists. Through site-specific installations and cross-cultural dialogue, the
seventh CiR season evokes themes of identity as mediated through digital communications.


Julia Greenway is originally from Detroit, Michigan. She began her curatorial practice with Interstitial a contemporary new media gallery in Georgetown. Her work focuses on how digital media influences the aesthetic presentation of gender, economics, and environment. Upon relocating to Seattle 4 years ago, she began working with Kira Burge to create venues in which new media artists could receive the maximum amount of curatorial support. From 2012 to 2014 she developed exhibitions at various galleries and institutions within the region: LxWxH, SOIL Gallery, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle Art Museum, Bumbershoot Festival, as well as participating in the Seattle Storefronts Project. In 2015, Julia was recognized by the New Foundation Seattle as part of its New Fellows program. Greenway is Disjecta’s seventh Curator-in-Residence.


The Curator-in-Residence program provides an opportunity for emerging curatorial talent to develop and expand the scope of their practice through a one-year residency. Curators engage with a broad range of artists to create a series of exhibitions in Disjecta’s dynamic 3,500-square-foot space. Past Curators-in-Residence include: Michele Fiedler (2016-17), Chiara Giovando (2015-16), Rachel Adams (2014-15), Summer Guthery (2013-14), Josephine Zarkovich (2012-13), and Jenene Nagy (2011-12).

Image: Courtesy of Sondra Perry



Opening Reception:
Saturday, March 17, 2018
6 – 9pm

Gallery Hours:
Friday – Sunday, 12 – 5pm

FREE and all ages