Sonia Gomes
I Rise – I’m a Black Ocean, Leaping and Wide

Editor(s)

Patricia Kamp, Stiftung Frieder Burda

Author(s)

Janaina Barros, Patricia Kamp

Cover

Hardcover

Design

Kerstin Riedel

Size

16 x 20,5 cm

Pages

92

Illustrations

28

Language(s)

German, English

ISBN

978-3-947563-70-8

“My Work is Black, it is Feminine, and it is Marginal. I‘m a Rebel.”

The biomorphic sculptures of Sonia Gomes (b. 1948, Caetanópolis, Brazil; lives and works in Belo Horizonte, Brazil) have an eerie, almost magical presence. As the daughter of a black mother and a white textile industrialist, she grew up between two worlds. But the African culture and spirituality of her mother and grandmother, as well as an interest in rituals, processions, and myths, made a lasting impact on her life and her later work as an artist. As a teenager, Gomes began deconstructing textiles and items of clothing to create her own style and to make both items for practical use and craft objects. Having previously participated in the 56th Biennale di Venezia in 2015, Sonia Gomes now counts among the most influential artists in Brazil.

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