Sonia Levy is a French artist living between London and Iceland. After graduating from Villa Arson, École des Beaux–Art de Nice in France, she undertook a post-graduate course at École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. In 2016 she took part in SPEAP, a programme in Political Arts at the School of Public Affairs in Sciences Po Paris, led by professor Bruno Latour.
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My work operates at the intersection of art and the sciences, and focuses mainly on the nonhumans – nonhuman animals, landscape and inorganic others. The term nonhuman is not a way of excluding, instead it is an attempt to avoid the separation between society and nature. This position involves rejecting Cartesian anthropocentrism, as well as making the distinction between human and nonhuman life forces uncertain and undefined. The works — installations, sculpture, drawings and video pieces — traverse the nonhuman realms to register the feeling of being surrounded by others or more abstractly by otherness; to present the spectator with a space where « nature » is not separated from « culture ».
I am currently developing an artistic research in Iceland through a collaboration with Dr Marianne Rasmussen the director of the Húsavík research centre on cetaceans, looking at the relationship between whales and humans in the controversial territory of the Arctic. I am also working on a film project around 'Project Coral' a conservation project taking place in the behind the scene of the Horniman Museum Aquarium in London. Furthermore I am collaborating with historian of science, Frédérique Aït–Touati, as well as landscape architects, Alexandra Arènes and Axelle Grégoire, around the issue of human-altered landscapes, and the notion of the globe and its representations. The collaboration has culminated in a staged conference by Bruno Latour titled Inside and shown in Théâtre Nanterre-Amandier, Paris, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt and Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin.
Recent group exhibitions and screenings include Animer le paysage, sur la piste des vivants (Animating Landscapes, Following The Tracks) at Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in Paris, curated by Bruno Latour and Frédérique Aït-Touati, The Political Animal at the Showroom Gallery, London, curated by Olga Koroleva, Of the Sea at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, curated by Hannah Conroy, Things we didn’t have before, at the Pumphouse Gallery, London and Plants, Machines, Animals and Objects!, at Sector 2337, in Chicago. As well as a solo show in Iceland at the Húsavík Whale Museum.
Recent publications, articles and conferences include Corbel Stone press, Verdure Engraved, The learned Pig, Billebaude, Iceland Academy of the Arts, Centre for Environmental Humanities, Aarhus.