A. Will Brown, Assistant Curator
As the inaugural recipient of Toby’s Prize—a biennial award made possible by Toby Devan Lewis, philanthropist and a founding board member of MOCA Cleveland—Sondra Perry (1986, Perth Amboy, NJ) will have her first solo exhibition in a United States museum at MOCA Cleveland in the spring of 2019. An emerging and already influential voice in contemporary art, Sondra Perry’s work, which takes shape across many forms, in the artist's words revolves around: “how blackness shifts, morphs, and embodies technology to combat oppression and surveillance throughout the diaspora.” Through the use of digital tools, software, images and videos found online, and post-production technical motifs, the artist reflects on black American experience and the use of digital technology as an expression of power and a tool for building collectivity. This, and all forthcoming Toby’s Prize exhibitions, will include a body of new work made for presentation at MOCA Cleveland.